* Fernando Lopez-Castillo was Arrested for an Alleged Drug Deal Murder in Santa Rosa

Published by on October 13, 2011


A fourth suspect in an alleged drug deal murder outside a butcher shop south of Santa Rosa last week was arrested in Hayward on Wednesday evening, a Sonoma County sheriff’s sergeant said.

Fernando Lopez-Castillo, 25, was arrested at the Phoenix Lodge Motel around 6 p.m., Sgt. Carlos Basurto said. Lopez-Castillo was living at the motel with his girlfriend Anna Velasquez, 24, who was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to the murder of 33-year-old Jose Manuel DeJesus, Basurto said.

DeJesus was shot once in the head in a vehicle in the parking lot of Carniceria Contreras at 1401 Todd Road on Oct. 6. Sheriff’s Lt. Dennis O’Leary said the shooting apparently happened during a drug deal in which DeJesus was selling marijuana to the suspects.

Juan Ramon Lopez-Castillo, 28; Fernando Lopez-Castillo’s brother, Alberto Barraza Lopez, 33; and Jose Carraballo Mejias, 54, have also been arrested in connection with the killing. The four men will be arraigned on murder, robbery and conspiracy charges this afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court.
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