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Ventura man arrested in stabbing deaths of Faria Beach couple

April 12, 2010 |  9:46 am

Ventura County law enforcement authorities said Monday they have arrested a 21-year-old Ventura man in the stabbing deaths last year of a husband and wife at their Faria Beach home.

Joshua Packer was arrested Sunday evening, detectives said.

The arrest was a breakthrough for a case that languished for nearly a year after Brock Husted and his pregnant wife, Davina, were killed by an intruder wearing a motorcycle helmet who entered their home through an open patio door.

“It was a well-publicized case," said Capt. Eric Dowd of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. "To make an arrest, I am sure they are pretty pleased with it.”

More details will be released at a 3 p.m. news conference in Ventura, Dowd said.

The Husteds, both 42, died of multiple stab wounds. Their two children fled to a neighbor’s house and were unharmed. But their 9-year-old son. who was watching TV at the time, apparently witnessed the murder.

– Ching-Ching Ni

Photo: Family photo