10-03-2014, 10:40 PM #1
MN - Amber Lechuga, 22, found dismembered, Springfield, 25 Sept 2014
Miguel Angel Vasquez is accused of murdering Amber Elena Lechuga, 22, of Springfield and dismembering her body before attempting to burn the remains. Lechuga's identity was only recently confirmed with a DNA test conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Vasquez and Lechuga lived together in an apartment at 20 1/2 Central Street in Springfield with their two young children. Police searched the apartment on Sept. 26. The status and location of the children is unknown at this point.
The Brown County Sheriff's Office said the criminal complaint, which will be filed Friday, will show Lechuga was killed in their apartment by a gunshot wound to the head with a small caliber firearm. Her body was found in the front passenger floor of the van without its limbs and her head was found nearby in the Cottonwood River.
Seidl says the suspect called 911 on Sept. 25 to report an auto accident and assault along Highway 4 south of Sleepy Eye. When police arrived they found the man partially clothed and smelling of gasoline, and the minivan engulfed in flames. The man told police he had been struck in the head and doused with gasoline. He suffered minor burns.
10-04-2014, 12:42 PM #2
Miguel Angel Vasquez, 26, of Springfield faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Amber Lechuga, the mother of his children. His bail was set at $2 million with no conditions or $1 million with conditions. "I'm concerned with the staggering brutality of the crime. I've been doing criminal law for over 17 years. When I read (the complaint,) it took my breath away," said Judge Robert Docherty, who set Vasquez's bail...
Vasquez and Lechuga lived together in an apartment in Springfield with their two young children. Police searched the apartment on Sept. 26 and found evidence indicating Lechuga could have been killed there, according to the complaint.
Prosecutors said during Vasquez's initial court appearance Friday that they were concerned the children could have witnessed the killing. Brown County Attorney Bob Hinnenthal said the children are now staying with their grandparents.
01-06-2015, 03:50 AM #3
A grand jury to determine if a 26-year-old Springfield man will be charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 2014 slaying of a 23-year-old Springfield woman convened Monday in Brown County District Court...
Newly-filed search warrants revealed an electronic online device with recent YouTube video searches involving sharpening a machete and the hardness of a human head, according to court documents. Law enforcement alleged they found blood on knives and a machete recovered from a Springfield apartment shared by Vasquez and Lechuga, according to the complaint.
01-09-2015, 07:22 PM #4
A southern Minnesota man accused of killing his girlfriend, dismembering her body and trying to burn her remains has been charged with first-degree murder.
A grand jury indicted 26-year-old Miguel Vasquez, of Springfield. The murder charge carries an automatic life sentence.
12-16-2015, 09:00 PM #5
The court-appointed forensic psychiatrist said that despite claims of amnesia from Miguel Vasquez about the events surrounding the death of Amber Lechuga, Vasquez is competent to stand trial on murder charges.
12-16-2015, 11:34 PM #6Registered User
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What do you want to bet he get's a sudden total recovery of his memories as soon as he goes to court???
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