Jury Selection Begins In 1993 Santa Paula Double Murder Trial

Tuesday February 11, 2020

     Jury selection has begun in the double murder trial of a Santa Paula man the authorities say spent more than two decades on the run.

   Prosecutors say that on October 14, 1993, Adriana Castanon Meza's roommates found her and her boyfriend, 22-year-old Armando Cauich Jr., shot to death in her bed.

   They say Meza's 3-year-old daughter was crying and covered with blood.

   The authorities alleged that the killer was Meza's estranged husband, Everardo Alamillo, and that he had fled to Mexico immediately following the killings.

   Alamillo was indicted in August of 1994 and a no bail warrant was issued for his arrest.

   It wasn't until November of 2015 that the FBI arrested Alamillo in Mexico on the outstanding warrant.

   Extradiction proceedings were held in Mexican courts and Alamillo was finally returned to the  United States and Ventura County in July of 2016.

   Alamillo is charged with two counts of first degree murder, plus use of a firearm, and special circumstance allegations of multiple murders.

   If convicted, Alamillo who is now 50, would face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

   Jury selection is expected to take several weeks with the opening statements and testimony likely in early March.

   Jurors are being told that the trial could take up to three weeks.