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Estranged wife, 2 men charged in slaying of Fontana man

August 19, 2011 |  8:44 am

Hillrich suspects
A nurse and and two parolees have been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a 39-year-old Fontana man gunned down outside his Ontario office, police said Friday.

John Hillrich, 39, an advertising firm supervisor, was shot multiple times Tuesday afternoon in the parking structure outside his office, said Ontario Det. Jeff Crittenden.

Hillrich died of his wounds shortly after being taken to a hospital.

Police said they recovered documents Tuesday suggesting Hillrich's estranged wife, a registered nurse, allegedly was planning the murder, possibly motivated by a custody battle. Amy Hillrich, 38, was later arrested.

Also arrested were parolees David Olvera, 24, of Yucaipa, and Emilio Saldana, 22, of Calimesa.

Olvera was on parole for a sexual assault conviction, Saldana for burglary. The three had previously worked together at a care facility, police said.

Hillrich was in communication with Olvera and Saldana immediately before and after the slaying, Crittenden said.

The investigation began when police responded to calls of shots fired Tuesday and quickly found a pickup truck that witnesses saw fleeing the shooting. The truck was found at the home of its registered owner, who was not one of those charged.

Ontario police were still trying to determine a motive and locate the murder weapon. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Gary Naranjo at (909) 395-2764.


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Photo: Left to right, David Olvera, Emilio Saldana and Amy Hillrich. Credit: Ontario Police Department.