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Arrest Finally Made In 2012 Hollywood Decapitation Case

Arrest Finally Made In 2012 Hollywood Decapitation Case

Los Angeles police make a long-awaited arrest over a murder scene that unfolded at the city's famous Hollywood sign. Two years ago, two women walking their dogs in Los Angeles' Griffith Park made a morbid discovery: a human head.

"Additional body parts were also found near that same area." (Via KRGV)

"A cadaver dog named Indiana Bones and investigators helped find more." (Via KSBY)

The person's hands and feet were also found. The victim was 66-year-old Hervey Coronado Medellin, an LA resident. Now, 38-year-old Gabriel Campos Martinez has been arrested in connection with the January 2012 discovery.

Prosecutors say Martinez is the victim's former roommate and partner and had since relocated to San Antonio.

"We filed extradition papers in the state of Texas."
"Deputy D.A. Grace confirms Medellin was strangled, but would not discuss motive or the recovery of any evidence."

The District Attorney did reveal, however, that the autopsy report concluded it was a meat saw or a knife used to dismember the body. KCAL spoke with a neighbor:

"I'm shocked because when that happened, I remember it was a surprise ... I'm just glad justice was made."

Reports say Martinez did file a missing persons report for Medellin, but only after officers stopped by to do a welfare check requested by the late man's friends.

CNN reports one of the dog walkers at first thought the head was a movie prop.

A murder charge was filed Monday against Martinez. Police say he has been a person of interest since the investigation began.

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jrp1947 March 11 2014 at 12:55 PM

This murder had nothing to do with where they came from but was between two men and more than likely it was their lifestyle and not their heritage that triggered the crime. Look at the person not the race and leave out the crap about how they were raised because anyone can change if they want to.

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karenllanglois jrp1947 March 11 2014 at 1:32 PM

Exactly, it's a gay thing.

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babyloie1 jrp1947 March 11 2014 at 3:14 PM

Good answer..........

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lastandtwo March 11 2014 at 11:32 AM

Mexico owned the st uff north of the border, also.

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delciedear March 11 2014 at 2:38 PM

My brother was killed very close to there (in the Hollywood Hills) in 2007........He was homeless and living with a group of homeless men/women who stayed in that area........He was hit over the head with a liquor bottle 1/2 full.........As nearly as we can tell, he slowly bled to death. When we found out about his death, we were confident that the police would continue to try to find who had done this since there were several leads but, once the body was claimed and ashes picked up, that crime "went away" for all practical purposes............I guess homeless people don't count for much in a place where riches are the norm.........Unfortunately, we will never know the facts connected to my brother's case and have been just left to make of it what we will.............

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Brian Workman March 11 2014 at 2:51 PM

Dismemberment! Not Just Decapitation!!

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Sylvia March 11 2014 at 4:06 PM


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Dolly D. March 11 2014 at 10:36 PM

"A cadaver dog named Indiana Bones and investigators helped find more."

CUTE! lol

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maryann March 11 2014 at 3:35 PM

Great,now he can live out his life with tv,gym,3 meals a day,visits from loved ones.There is no closure for the victim,s family you never forget.

Good job LA this creep can't hurt anyone else for a long time.

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lastandtwo March 11 2014 at 11:32 AM

Wh at ignoramouses the people are w ho live outside borders of Californication. No wonde the country is in such bad shape. An old friends son changed his name from the Spanish so he would not be thought of as an illegal wetback- who is a published author. Just you ignorant ones try and remember, Mexico "owned" the territory we t ook from them, now north of the border. So there.

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antoniocastellano lastandtwo March 11 2014 at 12:09 PM

If Mexicans stay where they belong, IN MEXICO, we wouldn't have so many crimes in OUR country.

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Rabbi Moishe antoniocastellano March 11 2014 at 12:15 PM

Actually, the part of OUR country that many Mexicans move to USED TO BE PART OF MEXICO. We sort of stole it from them. We weren't very nice,were we?

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Madeline lastandtwo March 11 2014 at 1:23 PM

This is also for Rabbi Moishe: I lived in Hollywood, CA from 1946 to 1997. Many Hispanics (all races) have immigrated to the U.S. starting in the mid 60's. I am NOT saying this is either a bad or a good thing. Simply a fact. L.A. (citiy) went from a mix of many ethnicities, native and immigrant, to being at least 50% Spanish spoken at home, today. As of 20 years ago there were 22 million "recent immigrants" in Calif., New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. That was a conservative figure back then. In 1978 I worked in L.A. County communations center for the Calif. Highway Patrol. By the mid 80"s, if you wanted my job (emergency phones/freeway call boxes) I was told you had to be fluent in Spanish. This is a government job.

It seems that people can stop bringing up the U.S. land grab from Mexico. De facto, at least Southern California, is now heavily Hispanic, not just Mexican but a large number of Guatemalens and other Central American arrivals. In future at least Southern Calif. will experience a very common result of massive migration pattern throughout recorded history. All these large relocations in the past resulted in the language and all methods of operation becoming those of the predominant population, eventually. There's no reason to think the U.S. experience will be any different.

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vtman Madeline March 11 2014 at 3:50 PM

Call it what it is, the "3rd Worlding" of the United States.

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Bob & Nancy March 11 2014 at 3:07 PM

It's sick to even just say it's a gay thing. There is nothing wrong with being gay. Love is love. We need more love in this world & maybe it would be a better place. To just assume a situation is a gay thing is wrong in itself.

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whisperhill Bob & Nancy March 11 2014 at 5:22 PM

Who the heck said anything about being "gay?" It could have been a drug thing, or robbery, or jealousy, or anything else.

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redwingirish Bob & Nancy March 11 2014 at 9:57 PM

Being sexually challenged is an illness, no matter how many quacks you get to say it is normal.

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malymal18 March 11 2014 at 11:18 PM

Once again ..that old saying... keep ur friends close ..and ur enemies closer... sounds good to me...

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