Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dad wanted in girlfriend's murder had history of domestic violence, child custody threats (Blanco, New Mexico)

New information on dad MANUEL GUTIERREZ III, who shot and killed his girlfriend, the mother of their three daughters (see post below this one). Seems that Gutierrez has a history of domestic violence and "child-custody issues" (read: threats) targeting the mother. Amazing how often we see violent abusers utilizing child custody as part of their overall offensive against women and mothers. You might even suspect there's a pattern here....

Note to police: It wasn't "the couple" that had a "history of domestic violence" or "child-custody issues." The MAN had a history of violence that was directed against the mother of his children, and utilized child custody threats/battles as a way to further threaten, frighten, and hurt the targeted victim. Is that abundantly clear now that she's dead, with a fatal gunshot to the neck, and he's on the run? You can't address a criminal justice issue correctly (or any issue for that matter) if you resort to vague language which purposefully obfuscates who did what to whom. You might as well say "she got herself killed" at this rate. Or "things just happen." But that's obviously ridiculous, isn't it?

Blanco man wanted in girlfriend's death
Updated: Monday, 23 Nov 2009, 5:41 PM MST
Published : Monday, 23 Nov 2009, 5:41 PM MST

BLANCO, N.M. (KRQE) - San Juan County sheriff's deputies are searching for a murder suspect believed to have shot his live-in girlfriend and run from the scene.

Manuel Gutierrez III is accused of killing Kristin Chavez, 28, about 6:45 p.m. Sunday at the couple's home in Blanco. Deputies believe Gutierrez, 28, and then fled on foot.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Gutierrez on an open count of murder. The warrant carries at $100,000 bond.

The murder weapon was not located at the residence, and investigators said they had no information on where Gutierrez might have gone or what he might be driving.

Deputies questioned Gutierrez's father, who was at the home at the time of the shooting, and said he is not a suspect.

While there was no immediate indication of a motive for the shooting, a sheriff's spokesman said the couple had a history of domestic-violence and child-custody issues. Chavez had obtained a restraining order against Gutierrez in 2000, but it had expired.