An eighth suspect in the alleged torture-killing of a 31-year-old Wildomar man last year was arrested and expected to be arraigned Friday, authorities said Thursday.
Dean Marcum, 41, of Lake Elsinore was arrested about 9 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 34000 block of Antelope Road in Murrieta, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
He is the eighth person accused of taking part in the killing of Frery Coronel, whose body was found Aug. 17 dumped on South Main Divide Road, roughly four miles south of the Ortega (74) Highway, in the Cleveland National Forest, just west of Lake Elsinore.
“Based on trauma to the victim, a crime scene was secured and the Central Homicide Unit responded,” sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez said.
Marcum was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree murder, murder in commission of a kidnapping, murder with intent and being a gang member. He remained jailed without bail.
It’s unclear what led investigators to arrest Marcum.
The murder investigation has spanned nearly a year and detectives have found and taken the alleged perpetrators into custody on different days and at different locations.
The seven other suspects previously arrested in connection with the murder are Roberto Ramon Camacho, 44; Christina Mesa, 31; Cristian Gabriel Meza, 28; Alejandro Villegas, 25; Tyrone David Jones, 37; David Victor Lindzy, 49; and Melissa Elyse Unger, 24.
After a preliminary hearing last month, all seven were ordered to stand trial.
According to jail records, the group remained behind bars without bail.