Samuel Valdivia, 2010 OC Homicide No. 64: One We Missed

Arnulfo Gonzalez was found guilty Thursday of a 2010 murder that somehow escaped the webbing of our Brooks Robinson model homicide-catching glove.

Thus, 35-year-old victim Samuel Valdivia becomes No. 64 in our 2010 Orange County count.

He was found stabbed to death around 3:30 a.m. March 14, 2010, in his apartment in the 800 block of North Olive Street, Orange.

Valdivia and Gonzalez, 30, had been out drinking at a bar when they returned to Valdivia's apartment. The tenant criticized the visitor's reckless driving of a mutual friend's car, an argument broke out and Gonzalez stabbed Valdivia. The knife was found in the apartment complex courtyard.

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A former Las Vegas resident who was living out of his truck, Gonzalez was arrested hours after the stabbing when detectives spotted him near the Orange Police station. It must be nice when your work just falls in your lap that way.

Speaking of hours, it only took the deliberating jury 2 1/2 to convict Gonzalez Wednesday night of second-degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for use of a deadly weapon. The verdict was read the next morning.

He's scheduled back in court Oct. 7 for a sentencing hearing where he faces up to 16 years to life in state prison.


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