Foster For Velazquez Murder

Charges Against Camarillo Double Murder Defendant Continue To Grow

Thursday June 06, 2024

     Updated---The formal list of charges and special allegations filed against a Camarillo man already accused of two murders was expanded this week to include additional allegations in those two cases plus other crimes.

     The charging document now goes on for a dozen pages.

     38-year-old Rotherie Foster was in court Thursday where prosecutors amended their list of charges to include 33 felony charges, including the two original counts of First Degree Murder, and 31 other felony charges in connection with those killings and other crimes.

     The additional charges include, but are not limited to, Identity Theft, Grand Theft, Forgery, and Robbery.

     He is also facing 129 Special Allegations.

     Foster Pleaded not guilty to all charges and denied all special allegations.

     He is alleged to have killed 72-year-old Bill Levy of Granada Hills by intentionally poisoning him with fentanyl in January of 2022.

     Foster is then accused of the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Jose Velasquez of Camarillo in July of that same year.   

     Velasquez body was found by hikers in the Santa Monica Mountains that fall.

     In both murder cases, Foster is alleged to have assumed the identity of his victims in order to steal their money and achieve financial gain in other ways using their names.

     The other crimes Foster is alleged to have committed include financial fraud in Woodland Hills in 2021 and an armed robbery in Fillmore in 2022.

     He is also facing special allegations that have to do with his criminal history.

     They say when he was age 16 Foster was convicted in Sacramento of Voluntary Manslaughter and Assault with Intent to Commit Great Bodily Injury for which he spent 21 years behind bars.

     The charges and special allegations against Foster makes this a potential death penalty case if the DA decides to pursue that.

     Otherwise it would mean life in prison without any chance of parole.

     Foster is due back in court on August 9th.

     He remains in the Ventura County Jail and is being held with no chance of release.