[UPDATED with Corrected Details:] Arlet Hernandez Contreras, Fernando and Emmanuel Limas, OC Homicides Nos. 12, 13, 14: Shazer Fernando Limas May Face Death Penalty

Categories: 2012 Homicides
UPDATE, MAY 8, 4:10 P.M.: A statement on the continued arraignment of Orange 31-year-old Shazer Fernando Limas, who could get the death penalty for allegedly killing his girlfriend and their two young boys, gives new ages for the children.

Said originally by Orange Police to have been 2 and 4 years old, and then ages 4 months and 2 years old, Emmanuel and Fernando Limas were actually 3 months old and 1 year old respectively, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.

The bodies of the boys are still missing, while their mother Arlet Hernandez Contreras's corpse was found in Los Angeles County. Local landfills are being searched with cadaver dogs.

Shazer Limas entered no plea at his Monday arraignment, which has been continued to May 23 in Santa Ana. 

UPDATE, MAY 7, 1:10 P.M.: The special circumstances charges for the stabbing-murder of Arlet Hernandez Contreras and presumed killings of their two young sons make 31-year-old Shazer Fernando Limas of Orange eligible for the death penalty, prosecutors announced today.

Limas, who is being held without bail pending arraignment in Santa Ana this afternoon, is accused of three counts of special circumstances murder with sentencing enhancements for multiple murders and the personal use of a deadly weapon.

Unless Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas decides to forgo routine and decide seeking the death penalty is warranted because the crime is so heinous, he will convene a special circumstances committee consisting of himself and senior staff from his Homicide Unit to determine if Limas should face the ultimate punishment. Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons of the Homicide Unit has been assigned the case.

Meanwhile, an arraignment statement from the DA's office this morning reveals the name of the young victims, their correct ages and that Limas underwent surgery for a cut to his hand the day after he allegedly stabbed Contreras and the boys to death. This timeline is presented:

Circumstances of the Case
On April 14, 2012, Limas is accused of stabbing and murdering his girlfriend 31-year-old Arlet Contreras and her sons, 2-year-old Fernando L. and 4-month-old Emmanuel L. at an Orange apartment they occupied in the 3000 block of West Chapman Avenue.

On April 15, 2012, Limas is accused of going to Long Beach Memorial Hospital for surgery on a cut to his hand.

On April 24, 2012, Limas is accused of buying a sundry of supplies at a Home Depot. He is accused of moving out of the apartment.

On April 25, 2012, Limas is accused of disposing of victim Contreras' body, which was found in the City of La Puente by County workers with multiple stab wounds that same day. Her body was found on the street in the gutter.

On April 28, 2012, Limas is accused of turning in his keys and a letter of notice to vacate to the apartment management.

On May 3, 2012, Orange Police Department (OPD) was contacted by apartment management about blood found in Limas' vacant apartment. Later that day, at approximately 6:30 p.m., OPD located Limas driving a Nissan 350Z in Santa Ana. Limas is accused of leading police on a high-speed pursuit going south of the Interstate 405 to Interstate 5. The California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit approximately 15 minutes into the pursuit. Limas was detained when his vehicle was disabled by a spike strip and he was arrested at 7:30 pm.

On May 4, 2012, OPD contacted various County Coroners' Offices and found Contreras' body at the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

There are published reports indicating the father had been ordered to pay child support before the murders. Meanwhile, searchers resumed today looking for the bodies of the two children in area landfills.

The investigation continues, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at 714.347.8492 or Orange Police investigators at 714.744.7456, 714.744.7579 or 714.744.7513.

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UPDATE, MAY 7, 10:53 A.M.: The body of a woman found April 25 in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County has been identified as 31-year-old Arlet Hernandez Contreras, the girlfriend of murder suspect Shazer Fernando Limas and father of her two boys, ages 2 and 4 months, who are still missing.

Orange homicide detectives were led to the Los Angeles County morgue after putting out a call to agencies with descriptions of the missing mother and children.

Los Angeles County Public Works employees were in East Valinda, an unincorporated part of the San Gabriel Valley, when they spotted a tarp in an area known for illegal dumping of trash and other items. A foul odor was coming from the tarp, so authorities were contacted.

Sheriff's deputies arrived and found the body of a woman who appeared to have been stabbed.

Limas, 31, moved out of his apartment at 3063 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, three days later, on April 28. A cleaning crew last week discovered bloodstains in the unit, and the apartment manager called Orange Police.

After Limas was spotted driving in Santa Ana Thursday afternoon, he led authorities on a high-speed chase south on the 5 freeway before a spike strip stopped him near the San Clemente border checkpoint. Limas sat in his car for about a half hour before surrendering.

He reportedly confessed to killing his girlfriend and children, but he is claimed not to have revealed what he did with their bodies. A search of a Brea landfill that receives rubbish from the Orange apartment turned up nothing Friday.
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Porkyexposed
Porkyexposed

You would of got alot more credit if you didn't stoop to name calling. It makes you look unprofessional and takes away any respect you would have gotten.  And you seem very insecure. David Amondt said a couple words and you respond with a whole paragraph. So as ignorant as he is, he still won.

Porkyexposed
Porkyexposed

'Waterboard' is sticking someones head under water just long enough to keep them alive. It's a form of torture that CIA/Interrorgators use against terrorist to get them to talk.

socalmama
socalmama

Im sorry to say I knew this piece of shit. Hes a professional con artist, hes a closet homosexual, and now come to find out hes a murderer. Hope u burn in hell Fernando. I feel sorry for anyone who has ever come in contact with your demon and I pray for the lives that have been so heinously taken.

JustSaying
JustSaying

Zamdiana, I agree, what does race have to do with anything! Fact, he took a life, possibly 3. People that sort crime by race are (in my opinion) ignorant! They need a wake up call. OH, let me guess...they also judge and  hold a crime against the rest of the race of that of the person who committed it. Just plain wrong ....... Punish the person that committed the crime and not their race! Sad about this young woman, to say the least . I would hope that Shazer Fernando Limas would do the right thing and tell authorities where the boys are. If he did murder them, then at least let them have a proper burial and rest in peace.  

Vanight
Vanight

Wow, California still has the death penalty? 

Yolanda5056@yahoo.com
Yolanda5056@yahoo.com

May Arlet H.Contreras rest in peace and if so let it be, her babies too! Send this MF straight to"Hell"

Retunda
Retunda

Lima bean getting the death penalty and actually getting put to death is the same as Obama being re elected, "Ain't gonna happen" Latino, Mexican, what's the difference? Whites are always put in the same basket so why the separation when it comes to brownniees?

Sergio Fco.
Sergio Fco.

Soy el papá de Arlette y abuelo de los niños, lo único que pido es que encuentren los cuerpos y me los entreguen. La justicia sabrá castigarlo de la forma que se merece.

John V1964
John V1964

I used to live thier at that time and I can't belive what happend it's an out rage

remus
remus

zakar penyedut

BetaRayBill
BetaRayBill

Escorias como esta merecen la pena de muerte, Sin derecho a apelacion alguna.

june
june

waterboard the piece of shit, he will talk.

Zamdiana
Zamdiana

I knew Arlet and I still cant believe she is gone, and why does it matter what race this mf is. Arlet is gone and she will never return and it is all because of him. I beg that woman who are abused to leave now before it is too late like it was for her. R.I.P Arlet.

Phillip
Phillip

Retuna, I was born in the USA. I served in the US Marines....I am a PROUD AMERICAN and very proud of my Mexican Heritage (very proud indeed) you sound like a real sissy racist. Bet your mother slept with brown people....your name sound awfully Latin lol..

Streets
Streets

Because there is a difference Rotunda!

Male
Male

Sergio; ten mucha fe, las autoridades y dios son justos.

Raul
Raul

 mis oraciones estan con usted y su familia senor... que triste es compartir este mundo con pedasos de basura como ese cerdo...

Soho_d J
Soho_d J

 Just like your spelling.

Jaime
Jaime

David Amodt: you sound like an uneducated, momma's boy sissy who can't achieve shit in life so you turn to RACISM. I was born in the USA, proud American, former Marine Officer and now a business owner who pays Social Security on my employees. You sounds like a real loser, disgrace to us good Americans.  I am proud of my Mexican heritage, bet you are to sissy to say it to our faces....maybe get you a.. kicked...

Mmora56
Mmora56

Hey ignorant Racist, he was a U.S. Marine....

max
max

He is not Mexican so you should get your facts straight.  Also he is ex-military. What do you think of that?!

Streets
Streets

Don't start that shit ass-wipe!  He's latino but not Mexican..............he's a piece of shit that needs to die.............  

tylerh
tylerh

revenge is dish best served cold. Better this human waste end up like Manson -- slowly rotting away.

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