[UPDATED with New Details Throughout:] Raquel Estrada and Juan Herrera, OC Homicides Nos. 55-56: Victims' Son and Brother is Suspect

Categories: 2011 Homicides
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UPDATE, OCT. 27, 2:43 P.M.: 24-year-old Eder Giovanni Herrera stabbed his mother to death on the kitchen floor of their Yorba Linda home Tuesday night before turning his blade on his older brother, who was stabbed to death in the hallway, according to prosecutors.

Herrera is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Santa Ana, where he is being held on two felony counts of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon, according to an Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement.

If convicted of those charges, Herrera could get up to 52 years to life in state prison. A $2 million bail request will be made at his arraignment today, according to the OCDA.

Living in the rented home at 4251 Trix Circle in Yorba Linda, Herrera some time the night of Oct. 25 stabbed his 53-year-old mother to death and left her body on the kitchen floor and did the same to his 34-year-old brother left in the hallway, the OCDA alleges.

Herrera then fled the home and stayed overnight at a friend's home. Around 11:30 p.m., Brea police, who patrol Yorba Linda under contract with the city, received a tip that led them to the Trix Circle home. There they found the bodies of the victims.

The suspect was driving away from the friend's home when he was arrested after a traffic stop around 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to authorities.

The OCDA says the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at 714.347.8492 or Brea Police Detective Phil Rodriguez at 714.990.7677.

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Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's Office
Eder Giovanni Herrera is accused of a double homicide in Yorba Linda.
UPDATE, OCT. 27, 12:16 P.M.: Brea police have identified the suspected killer of two tenants of a rental home at 4251 Trix Circle as Eder Giovanni Herrera, a 24-year-old who also lived there.

Citing the ongoing investigation, police did not divulge Herrera's relationship to the yet-be-identified man and woman whose bodies were found late Tuesday on the floor inside the home they'd lived in about a year.

The cause of death also has not been released.

Herrera, who was arrested on suspicion of two counts of homicide after a traffic stop in Yorba Linda Wednesday morning, is the only suspect in the killings, according to police.

ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 26, 2:05 P.M.: Brea police believe a man and woman were renting a home at 4251 Trix Circle where they were found dead late last night.

This morning, cops arrested a man believed to have killed the couple.

No names have been released yet and other details are sketchy.

Loud bangs and commotion from the home sent Brea officers to the home around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Large amounts of blood were discovered before the bodies sprawled on the floor were seen through a back sliding glass door.

A car was stopped around 6 a.m. today in Yorba Linda, and the man driving was arrested in connection with the gruesome discovery, according to Brea police.


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