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Estranged husband accused of killing wife as she shielded her children arrested in Marina

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Madera Police Department
Julio Garay

MARINA, Calif. (KION/KSEE/KGPE) A Madera man accused of killing his estranged wife as she shielded her three children from gunfire was arrested in Marina Tuesday.

Madera police told the CBS affiliate in Madera that the shooting happened Tuesday at around 2:30 p.m. outside the Camarena Healthcare Clinic. The victim had been there for an appointment, and they said the suspect allegedly stalked her there and waited for her to come out.

Madera police said the suspect, Julio Garay, had a long history of domestic violence arrests and had recently bailed out of jail on a domestic violence charge against the victim in Chowchilla.

When the woman was walking to her vehicle, police said she was confronted by Garay.

“She was shot once; she ran over to the van and laid over her three children to save them. At that point she sustained two more gunshot wounds,” Madera Police Chief Dino Lawson told the station in Madera. “A cold-blooded act in front of the mother’s children, or even taking a life in the first place, but to do it in front of your own children and the mother, being a mother sacrificed her own life and laid across the body of her children to save them.”

The three children were all 6 years old or younger, and they were not injured.

Tuesday night, Marina officers were informed about the case and checked the area to find Garay's vehicle. It was found at a motel in the 3100 block of Del Monte Boulevard, and police found out which room he was staying in.

Madera police got arrest and search warrants, so the Monterey Peninsula Special Response Unit was called it to serve the warrants.

Marina police said Garay surrendered and was arrested. He was handed over to the Madera Police Department and transported to the Madera County Jail. He was charged with homicide.

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Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.

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7 Comments

  1. WOW ! What a dirtball. Hopefully we can defund the police as soon as possible so guys like this stop committing domestic violence. It is obviously the fault of police.
    Does this kind of logic, which actually is what some people are using today, make anyone else sick too? What are people thinking with?

  2. Remember when Groucho Marx said he would not want to join any country club whose standards were so low as to accept HIM ?
    Well, that’s how I feel today.
    When the only comments made in over 24 hours are just from ME, then I’ve overstayed my welcome.

    1. I too have heard the sound of crickets at midnight here, but then I come back a day or so later the boards are all lit up with you guys chiming in on stuff. I don’t think you have overstayed your welcome. If anything we need you here. At this point if you, me or SG1 stop posting….it over. Fred too. And where the hell is Charlie?

  3. Hopefully, he was not charged with “Homicide”, as it is not necessarily a crime. The actual crime could be something called “murder”. I think Homicide sounds more glamorous and at the same time sort scientific. Executioners commit homicide, as do people who are forced to kill someone to protect themselves or their families.

    1. Fred, you had me going for a microsecond there, I was like….what? Not charged with Homicide??? Oh….Murder. Well, Avery put this article together so maybe it should have been murder she wrote?

  4. Fred, you had me going for a microsecond there, I was like….what? Not charged with Homicide??? Oh….Murder. Well, Avery put this article together so maybe it should have been murder she wrote?

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