Jacob Gonzales, 33, was charged with domestic violence, murder in the second degree after investigators found his DNA on a sword supposed to be used to be a woman beheaded.
(Island County Sheriff’s Office )
A man on the flight was charged with murder in connection with the decapitation death of a woman in February after tests found that his DNA on the samurai sword police believe was used to decapitate the victim.
Jacob Gonzales, 33, of California, was searched by the police and was believed to be hiding in Merced County, the Island County Sheriff’s Office said.
Gonzales was charged Friday with “domestic violence murder in the second degree while armed with a deadly weapon” in connection with Katherine Cunningham’s death.
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A samurai sword was discovered in Cunningham’s Honda Civic, which was found on the Interstate 5 in Yreka, California, some 560 km of the 26-year-old’s body was found on 3 March. The office received the DNA results of the sword on Wednesday, and the results “indicated that Mrs. Cunningham’s blood was on the blade of the sword, and Mr. Gonzales’ DNA was on the hilt.”
“On the basis of these results, is changed in the cost,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. The department said a $1 million nationwide warrant was still in effect for Gonzales’ arrest.
Cunningham the remains were found on rural Camano Island, north of Seattle. In the vicinity of the headless body, researchers have discovered that there is a bunker with supplies, weapons and ammunition, dug in the hill.
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Autopsy findings determined that the 26-year-old woman, the cause of death was “homicidal violence with the beheading,” according to the coroner’s office.
Officials believe she was killed several days before her body was found and that she was “specifically targeted.” Gonzales can stay with Cunningham in the trailer for her death.
If convicted, Gonzales faces up to 28 years in prison.
Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.
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