Person of Interest in Murder Questioned

By City News Service

After a year of investigation, Los Angeles police detectives said Tuesday they have identified and questioned a person of interest in a Panorama City double-killing that was featured on the television show “L.A.’s Most Wanted.”

The person of interest was identified as twenty-four-year-old Elizabeth Murillo, according to Lt. Paul Vernon of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Division detective unit.

“While we did not get the tips we hoped for following a TV news feature last August, detectives continued to work the case,” Vernon said. “It took a while but DNA finally identified Murillo, putting her at the murder scene and in the victim’s car.”

Detectives released video showing suspect Edwin Lugo, 19, and Murillo walking and laughing in a Lincoln Heights CVS store just hours after the killings. The store was two miles from Lugo’s father’s house.

Lugo was arrested on Sunday in the drug-related killings of Mario Martinez, 35, and Jaime Polino, 26, who were shot to death in Martinez’s apartment in Panorama City on June 2, 2012, at 7907 Brinfield Ave., Vernon said. Lugo is due in court in Van Nuys at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 7.

Vernon said that Polino’s car was taken from the crime scene. DNA evidence established that Murillo was in the car, and it also linked her to the crime scene, according to Vernon.

A search warrant was served at Murillo’s home in Lancaster on July 25.

She was questioned at the police station and then released. Detectives are continuing to work on the case, and she has not been charged.

Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Gretchen Schultz at the Mission Homicide Unit at (818) 838-9951.

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