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Two arrested in burning body case in Redlands

June 15, 2011 |  2:45 pm

Costella booking photo Luevano booking photo Two suspects were in custody Wednesday in connection with the death of a man whose burning body was discovered on a freeway frontage road in Redlands.

Keith Julian Costella and Michelle Rebecca Luevano, both 21, were arrested Tuesday night and charged with murder after authorities searched their home in the 2200 block of Cahuilla Street in Colton.

The burning body of 49-year-old Craig Kenneth Kubitz of Fontana was found Feb. 23 in a field off Reservoir Road, near Wabash Avenue and the 10 Freeway.

Firefighters discovered the body while responding to a report of a vegetation fire, and officials later used DNA and fingerprints to identify the remains.

Investigators say Kubitz, last seen Feb. 18, worked with Costella doing odd jobs.

That day, investigators say, Kubitz went to the Highland home where Costella and Luevano lived at the time to collect $700 Costella owed him. There, police say, Costella shot Kubitz.

Costella and Luevano allegedly kept the body for five days before dumping it in Redlands and setting it on fire.

They also allegedly abandoned Kubitz’s car on Highway 18.

Both suspects were being held at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.


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Photo: Keith Costella and Michelle Luevano. Credit: Redlands Police Department