Ocampo case: Documents show evidence seized in Yorba Linda
Police seized multiple cellphones, family photographs, a Lotto ticket and "sorrowful writings" from the Yorba Linda home where a mother and her older son were found dead Oct. 25, according to a search warrant.
Itzcoatl Ocampo, who last month was accused of murdering four homeless men, was charged on Monday with the fatal stabbings of Raquel Estrada, 53, and Juan Herrera, 34.
Estrada’s son, Eder Herrera, 24, was originally facing the murder charges but was released Friday night after prosecutors discovered a DNA link between evidence collected from Ocampo’s home and the Yorba Linda crime scene.
That night, at 11:29, officers responded to a 911 call coming from a pay phone about a mile away. According to the affidavit, the caller was "male, spoke in a low volume," and said loud noises were coming from the home.
The man hung up abruptly.
When officers arrived, they found a large amount of blood at the threshold of the front door. There were drag marks leading into the home. An officer walked around the home and into the backyard. Looking through a window into the kitchen, he immediately saw a female, later identified as Raquel Estrada, 53, lying on her back, "with several puncture wounds" to her chest. "A bloody steak knife was located approximately 3 feet from her head,” according to the search warrant.
Another officer entered the home from a sliding glass door and found Juan Herrera on his stomach "with several puncture wounds to his back."
Police noticed "large amounts of blood throughout the house."
On the kitchen table police saw a black ski mask, black hat, wallet and sunglasses, according to the papers.
The sorrowful writings were found in Eder Herrera’s bedroom during a search conducted Oct. 26. Police also collected his tax return, a fitness membership card and various other items in the room. In addition, police seized a white towel, kitchen knives, a CVS receipt, cameras and computers from the home.
The search warrant also asked for information from a Sprint cellphone number obtained from a rental application for the home in Eder Herrera’s name.
If convicted, Ocampo faces life in prison without parole. He is due in court March 16 to be arraigned on all six deaths.
--Nicole Santa Cruz in Fullerton
Photo: Former Marine Itzcoatl Ocampo appearing in court Jan. 18. At right is Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times