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Brothers accused of killing woman, setting her body on fire face murder trial

March 26, 2011 |  9:36 am

Two brothers will stand trial for allegedly kidnapping and killing a woman in Irvine, then setting her body on fire.

Gabino Baldivia-Guzman, 32, of Costa Mesa and his brother Zenaido Baldivia-Guzman, 25, of Santa Ana, were charged with murdering a woman in September 2009. At Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, they pleaded not guilty Friday to the special-circumstances charge of murder during commission of a kidnapping.

Irvine Police Lt. Barry Aninag said last year that Gabino Baldivia-Guzman was driving his van through Santa Ana when he picked up a prostitute. The woman did not see the younger brother when she got in the van and panicked at the sight of him, Aninag said.

When she tried to escape, Zenaido Baldivia-Guzman attacked her, beat her and then strangled her, according to prosecutors. Aninag said the brothers then dumped the woman's body in a parking lot near Red Hill Avenue and Alton Parkway, doused it with gasoline and set it on fire. When area employees reported the body to police the next morning, it was burned so badly it could not be identified.

Costa Mesa man, brother plead not guilty in murder case.

-- Alexandra Baird, Daily Pilot / Times Community News