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Police say suspect in Oklahoma City arson death planned to rob house to get back at ex

Lorese Cruz, 26, denies involvement in the Oklahoma City house fire that killed a 7-year-old child left home alone. Her co-defendant said they didn't know Adrian Roberto Avalos, 7, was inside.
by Tim Willert Modified: May 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm •  Published: May 22, 2013

A woman suspected in the arson death of a 7-year-old boy who was left home alone planned to rob the residence to get back at her ex-husband, court records show.

Lorese Paulina Cruz, 26, and Julio Cesar Nevarez, 19, both of Oklahoma City, were arrested Friday and booked into the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of murder, arson and burglary, authorities said.

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

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.

Burglary scheme told

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.

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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 in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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