Huntington Beach man, prosecutor says, killed 2 women, set fire to Westminster home to cover tracks – Orange County Register

Huntington Beach man, prosecutor says, killed 2 women, set fire to Westminster home to cover tracks – Orange County Register

A Huntington Beach genuine estate agent accused of applying a cleaver or hatchet to kill two gals soon after attending a New Year’s Eve social gathering with them and other people at a Westminster household was caught on security movie hrs afterwards apparently dragging their bodies to the trunk of his auto, a prosecutor informed jurors on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Further, the prosecutor mentioned, he is suspected of then setting the home on fire to ruin evidence of the slayings.

Demo started in a Santa Ana courtroom Tuesday morning, Nov. 2, for Christopher Ken Ireland, now 42, who is struggling with a pair of murder prices, along with a rely of arson, for the Jan. 1, 2017, fatalities of friends Yolanda Holtrey, 59, of Westminster and Michelle Luke, 49, of Huntington Seaside.

Eire, whose wife labored with Holtrey and Luke at a office keep, attended what attorneys described as a tiny, liquor-fueled element at Holtrey’s house close to Bolsa Chica Road and Westminster Boulevard.

The next early morning, crews responding to a fire at the residence grew suspicious when they understood two separate blazes had erupted in two distinct parts of the house — in the kitchen area and in a Christmas tree in the living area.

A research for the two lacking girls ended the subsequent working day, Jan. 2, with their bodies discovery in a wooded space in Newport Seaside.

A probable motive for the apparent killings was not outlined for the duration of the trial’s outset.

Deputy District Lawyer Mark Birney performed for jurors a collection of surveillance films taken from outside the Westminster dwelling. They present Ireland going for walks out of the home with his wife and 11-calendar year-old son, just before soon returning and heading into the home by himself.

The video clip, this view pointing towards the door, capture Eire seemingly chatting to an individual before the door closes. At this point, the prosecutor reported, he killed the females.

As he left to drive his relatives house, the safety footage reveals Eire — his shirt ripped and having pulled a jacket over his head — stumbling in excess of a thing just just before strolling by means of the door. The prosecutor explained he stumbled above one particular of the bodies.

Hrs afterwards, a masked gentleman donning a ski mask, a black jacket, shorts and Crocs appears at the house, the movie reveals, with a neighbor’s surveillance video clip catching Ireland’s license-plate range, the prosecutor reported.

The masked man appears to carry cleaning products into the house, and later on pulls out what the prosecutor determined as the wrapped-up bodies of Holtrey and Luke, dragging them as a result of a entrance yard stuffed with getaway decorations just before positioning the bodies in the trunk of a car or truck.

DNA of both of those girls, from blood, was identified in his trunk, the prosecutor informed jurors.

Birney claimed Ireland was mindful of the safety technique, and accused him of taking a DVR recorder from Holtrey’s bed room that saved the protection footage. But, the prosecutor added, Eire was apparently unaware of a second DVR recorder in a different part of the property.

Ireland’s legal professional, Jennifer Ryan, denied that Ireland dedicated murder, describing the night time as a mix of “horrific mistakes” that “ended tragically.”

The defense legal professional mentioned Eire designed “one panicked error immediately after a different,” but she did not specify what people blunders have been.

Ryan said the bash experienced gotten “a minor above the leading,” primary to an argument among Luke and Holtrey. But the protection legal professional did not say what led to the women’s deaths or what position, if any, Eire experienced in the apparent killings or aftermath.

Another attendee of the party, who left right before the other people, testified that everyone had been in a “happy temper.” But she also reported that Holtrey argued with Luke after Luke danced “sexily” and flirtatiously, and lifted her shirt at just one issue, while Eire was in the place.

If convicted, Eire faces lifestyle in prison.

Ferne Dekker

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