Oklahoma City pair facing murder charges in death of 7-year-old left home alone

Lorese Paulina Cruz, 26, and Julio Cesar Nevarez, 19, both of Oklahoma City, were charged with murder, arson and burglary in an April 28 house fire that left Adrian Roberto Avalos, 7, dead.
by Tim Willert Published: May 22, 2013

Prosecutors have filed first-degree murder, arson and burglary charges against a couple in the April 28 death of a 7-year-old boy left home alone.

Lorese Paulina Cruz, 26, and Julio Cesar Nevarez, 19, both of Oklahoma City, were charged late Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court, records show.

Adrian Roberto Avalos, 7, was found in the house at 2533 SW 51 when firefighters were called about 11:50 p.m. April 28.

Cruz and Nevarez were arrested Friday and are being held without bail in the Oklahoma County jail, records show.

A witness told police Cruz said she was responsible for the child's death, adding that she was angry at her ex-husband, Tony Guillen, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Adrian lived at the house with his mother, Noemi Lopez, and Guillen, who were at a bar until 2 a.m., neighbors said.

Cruz said her ex-husband was not paying child support for their daughter and she planned the burglary to steal money, drugs and anything else of value, the witness told police.

Nevarez told investigators that he and Cruz were unaware there was a child in the house.

Cruz denied any knowledge of the crimes to investigators, but told the witness exactly where the fire started and said gasoline was used, police reported.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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