Man Arrested for Attempting to Hire Someone to Murder His Elderly Uncle
The Humboldt Sheriff’s Office arrested 40-year-old Jonathan A. Dutra at his home in Eureka this morning for soliciting at least two people to kill his elderly uncle. Sgt. Ken Swithenbank said that the uncle had previously signed his property on Whitlow Road near Myers Flat over to the suspect. Dutra had offered to take care of the uncle until he died in return for the Southern Humboldt man turning the property over to him, said Swithenbank.
Dutra is accused of locking the elderly man inside the property and not allowing him to leave. “Witnesses and friends of the victim hired a private detective,” Swithenbank said. The detective and Sheriff’s investigators determined the man had “offered several thousand dollars to facilitate the murder” to at least two people, said Sgt. Swithenbank.
When contacted the victim told law enforcement that he believed that Dutra wanted to kill him, explained the sergeant. “We talked to two witnesses. Two people told us that separately that they had been approached.”
When Dutra was arrested, he already had an attorney, said Swithenbank. “He was prepared.”
Dutra is charged with 653(b) Soliciting to commit murder, 368(b)(1) elder abuse, and 368(e) fraud against an elder by a caretaker.