SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A woman, her husband and her 20-year-old son are accused of killing her lover after the men discovered the affair and she arranged the deadly encounter, authorities in California said.

A passer-by found the body of Antonio Botello-Arreola, 25, down a ravine along a creek outside Santa Rosa. His abandoned van was found nearby with bullet holes on the driver’s side, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (http://bit.ly/2gGKxmN ) reported.

Maria Torres, 40, allegedly arranged to have her husband, Rene Espinoza, Sr., 40, and their son, Rene Espinoza, Jr., 20, follow them Friday as they drove to a pullout outside Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Crum said.

After Torres exited the car, her husband and her son pulled up in another vehicle and someone shot at Botello-Arreola, Crum said.

Botello-Arreola was shot and fled out the passenger side and ran to the ravine where he was found dead Saturday.

Detectives interviewed the Lake County family and learned that Torres had been in “a lengthy romantic relationship with the victim,” Crum said. “Maria’s husband and son recently became aware of this relationship and didn’t approve,” he added.

Sonoma County deputies connected Torres to the shooting after finding evidence from a motel inside the van and identifying her through check-in information and surveillance video, Crum said.

Torres, her husband and their son are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on suspicion of murder and conspiracy charges.

Crum said he didn’t know if the family had retained a defense attorney.


Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com

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