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DNA leads to arrest in 2000 cold-case murder

A map indicates the area in the 11700 block of Gladstone Avenue in Los Angeles where 32-year-old Leticia Turrubiates was found dead on March 16, 2000. Jose Espinoza was arrested on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 in connection with her murder. (Google Maps)

November 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A suspect was arrested on Thursday in connection with a 2000 cold-case murder of a 32-year-old Los Angeles resident.

LAPD detectives arrested Jose Espinoza for the murder of Leticia Turrubiates.

Turrubiates was found dead in the 11700 block of Gladstone Avenue on March 16, 2000, a victim of blunt force trauma.

No one was ever arrested, until now.

LA cold-case detectives matched Espinoza to Turrubiates' murder with evidence analysis, according to the LAPD.

Detectives arrested Espinoza on Thursday after serving an arrest warrant at his residence in the Tujunga area of Los Angeles.

Espinoza was booked for murder with no bail. The motive for the murder remains unknown.

Anyone with information on the murder is urged to call the Robbery-Homicide Division, Cold Case Special Section Detectives Michael Pelletier and Richard Bengston at (213) 486-6831 or (213) 486-6819.