U-Haul murder heading to trial in Santa Maria
November 10, 2014
Jury selection begins next week in the trial of six men implicated in the murder of a Santa Maria man whose body was found in a U-Haul truck parked in Orcutt last year. [Lompoc Record]
Following the murder of 28-year-old Anthony Ibarra, police arrested eleven suspects. Six of those arrested are now heading to trial, for which jury selection begins on Nov. 17 in Santa Maria.
Prosecutors allege that gang members tortured and killed Ibarra in March 2013 at a house in Santa Maria. The next day, they dumped Ibarra’s body in a U-Haul truck.
On the day following, police found Ibarra’s naked body inside the truck, which was parked on an Orcutt residential street.
The murder allegedly occurred due to a drug debt that Ibarra owed to the local drug tax collector, Ramon “Cray Ray” Maldonado. The gang expected Ibarra to pay a percentage of his drug sales to Maldonado, and they also accused him of selling drugs from the gang without paying for them.
Maldonado, 37, is one of the six defendants headed for trial. His father, David Murillo Maldonado, is another of the defendants.
Each of the defendants face murder charges.
The trial is expected to last through February.