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    CA - Yolanda Holtrey, 59, Michelle Luke, 49, slain, Westminster, 1 Jan 2017 *Arrest*

    Westminster, California.

    The bodies of the two women were later found in a field in Newport Beach. A fire was set at the home where the murders allegedly occurred in an apparent attempt to cover up the crime. One of the bodies was possibly mutilated in some way. Not many details released so far.


    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/lo...taboola-recirc

    January 4, 2017

    Murder charges were filed Wednesday against a 37-year-old Huntington Beach man accused of killing two acquaintances and then dumping the women's bodies in Newport Beach following a New Year's Eve party in Westminster.

    Christopher Ken Ireland, who listed his occupation as real estate agent, was being held without bail pending arraignment. Ireland faces two counts of murder with a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, which makes him eligible for the death penalty if convicted, as well as felony counts of arson and aggravated mayhem.

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    ...and from the L.A. Times:

    http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-p...104-story.html

    A Huntington Beach man has been charged with murder in the deaths of two of his wife's co-workers, whose bodies were found Monday in Newport Beach.

    Christopher Ireland, 37, a real estate agent, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one felony count of arson in connection with a fire at the Westminster home of one of the women and one felony count of aggravated mayhem in connection with the "permanent disability, disfigurement and deprivation of a limb, organ and body member" of one of the victims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeFromLB View Post
    ...and from the L.A. Times:

    http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-p...104-story.html

    A Huntington Beach man has been charged with murder in the deaths of two of his wife's co-workers, whose bodies were found Monday in Newport Beach.

    Christopher Ireland, 37, a real estate agent, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one felony count of arson in connection with a fire at the Westminster home of one of the women and one felony count of aggravated mayhem in connection with the "permanent disability, disfigurement and deprivation of a limb, organ and body member" of one of the victims.
    Holy......


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    WTH - he killed his wife's co-workers? I need to go read.....

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    Oh my word. Opposite coast, but another real estate agent.

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    It gets more bizarre. The suspect's wife says he may have been sleepwalking that night. She claims they went home together after the party, and she doesn't remember him leaving after that.

    http://www.ocweekly.com/news/christo...friend-7790511

    A man may have been sleepwalking the night he allegedly killed two women, dumped their bodies in Newport Beach and possibly set fire to the Westminster home of one victim to cover up the murders, according to the suspect's wife.
    Michelle Luke, 49, was the woman who was killed along with her friend Yolanda Holtrey, according to Samantha Ireland, who worked with the women at Stein Mart in Huntington Beach and is the wife of the man accused of killing them. Christopher Ireland's wife has provided the media with more details about her husband and his relationship to the dead women. The 37-year-old suspect was licensed as a real estate agent in August, is facing no disciplinary actions by state real estate regulators and was working with Realty One Group in Rancho Cucamonga, where he was helping Holtrey sell her Westminster home. "I don't know any Realtors that would kill their clients," Samantha Ireland reportedly told NBCLA. "That's stupid—why would he do that?" The suspect's wife added that she and her husband attended a New Year's Eve party at Holtrey's home and had a good time.*"There were no fights, [no] arguments," she said, adding that after the couple left the party and returned to their Huntington Beach home, she did not recall Christopher leaving again afterward. "He doesn't remember anything," Samantha said of the lone suspect in the killings of Holtrey and Luke. He was arrested after he arrived with his wife to supposedly help Holtrey with the fire at her home. But Westminster homicide detectives are investigating whether Christopher Ireland set the fire to cover up the murders. He was apparently linked to the crimes through neighborhood surveillance video. Ireland, who has had no prior run-ins with law enforcement in Westminster, was being held without bail in Orange County Jail heading into his scheduled arraignment Wednesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeFromLB View Post
    It gets more bizarre. The suspect's wife says he may have been sleepwalking that night. She claims they went home together after the party, and she doesn't remember him leaving after that.

    http://www.ocweekly.com/news/christo...friend-7790511

    A man may have been sleepwalking the night he allegedly killed two women, dumped their bodies in Newport Beach and possibly set fire to the Westminster home of one victim to cover up the murders, according to the suspect's wife.
    Michelle Luke, 49, was the woman who was killed along with her friend Yolanda Holtrey, according to Samantha Ireland, who worked with the women at Stein Mart in Huntington Beach and is the wife of the man accused of killing them. Christopher Ireland's wife has provided the media with more details about her husband and his relationship to the dead women. The 37-year-old suspect was licensed as a real estate agent in August, is facing no disciplinary actions by state real estate regulators and was working with Realty One Group in Rancho Cucamonga, where he was helping Holtrey sell her Westminster home. "I don't know any Realtors that would kill their clients," Samantha Ireland reportedly told NBCLA. "That's stupid—why would he do that?" The suspect's wife added that she and her husband attended a New Year's Eve party at Holtrey's home and had a good time.*"There were no fights, [no] arguments," she said, adding that after the couple left the party and returned to their Huntington Beach home, she did not recall Christopher leaving again afterward. "He doesn't remember anything," Samantha said of the lone suspect in the killings of Holtrey and Luke. He was arrested after he arrived with his wife to supposedly help Holtrey with the fire at her home. But Westminster homicide detectives are investigating whether Christopher Ireland set the fire to cover up the murders. He was apparently linked to the crimes through neighborhood surveillance video. Ireland, who has had no prior run-ins with law enforcement in Westminster, was being held without bail in Orange County Jail heading into his scheduled arraignment Wednesday.
    Wonder if he takes Ambien....

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    So Ambien would make someone walk in their sleep, drive several miles in the middle of the night, kill two women and mutilate one of them, set a fire in the house, drive 14 miles to Newport Beach with the bodies, leave them in a field, then drive back home to your wife who is asleep in bed??

    Far too much to ask.
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    The sleep-murdering defence worked for Kenneth Parks in 1988.

    TORONTO — A man was acquitted of murdering his mother-in-law after saying he was sleepwalking when he drove 15 miles to her house and hit her with an iron bar and repeatedly stabbed her.
    http://articles.latimes.com/1988-05-...der-law-mother

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayemonde View Post
    The sleep-murdering defence worked for Kenneth Parks in 1988.



    http://articles.latimes.com/1988-05-...der-law-mother
    That man regained consciousness at the scene and then went right to the police station.

    In our case here, he would have had to remain asleep for an hour at least, just to have the time to do all the things he is alleged to have done.

    It's 14 miles from Westminster to Newport Beach by the most direct route. He has to carry or drag two bodies out to his car, then do the same when he arrives at the place where he left them. Not to mention setting the fire and mutilating one of the women (we don't know yet how extensive that was). Then he has to drive home to Huntington Beach and get back in bed while asleep the entire time, and have no memory of what he did.

    That's crazy.


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    May he sleep in general population and cause havoc to all murderers and rapists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeFromLB View Post
    So Ambien would make someone walk in their sleep, drive several miles in the middle of the night, kill two women and mutilate one of them, set a fire in the house, drive 14 miles to Newport Beach with the bodies, leave them in a field, then drive back home to your wife who is asleep in bed??

    Far too much to ask.
    Yes. I have friends that have gotten in trouble with the law sleep walking on Ambien. I have never taken it myself so I don't have personal experience with the drug, but I have one friend that will get up and cook complete meals in the presence of family, about 4 hours a not remember a thing. I have another that got a DUI going to Dairy Queen, a hop stop, to get an ice cream and has no recollection of any of the events and woke up in jail. Just putting it out there. Is it possible. I have no idea. Have I heard of people doing things and not remembering hours while appearing to be lucid.

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    I don't believe his wife at all, and the fact they were her coworkers makes me think she put him up to it. JMO

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    We don't even know if he took Ambien, let's not give him any ideas. Lol.

    Hey, his wife said he was sleepmurdering! Obviously not his fault. (Sarcasm.) But if her hubsy wubsy kills in his sleep, shouldn't SHE be nervous?

    He and his wife went to a New Year's eve party at Yolanda Holtrey's house, then he and his wife go home together. He waits until his wife falls asleep, then he goes back over, kills (and mutilates) them, sets the house on fire, dumps them, and sneaks back home. Too bad he's caught on surveillance camera. Dun.
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    I agree there is something about her body language, and choice of words in the interview.
    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/lo...409444145.html

    I don't think a person would say, "I don't remember him leaving the house in the middle of the night", in that situation. Wouldn't you say? I don't think he left the house, or He didn't leave the house in the middle of the night. "I don't remember him leaving the house" just strikes me as odd.

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