Woman Found Dead in Santee Home

A 34-year-old woman was found dead inside a home in Santee on Oct. 4, 2016. Detectives say the case is a homicide, based on the woman's traumatic injuries and blood evidence and witness statements gathered at the scene.

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Leticia Arroyo, 34, was killed in October 2016.
Jose Luis Nunez-Torres listens to testimony in a pre-trial hearing on August 15, 2017.
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In this family photo provided by the victim's family, Leticia Arroyo (l) is seen with her brother and sister. Arroyo was found dead inside her home on Mission Greens Road on Oct. 4, 2016.
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Deputies surrounded a home in Santee where a woman was found dead by her roommate on Oct. 4, 2016.
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The homicide investigation in Santee on Oct. 5, 2016. Deputies with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department blocked off a large part of the area surrounding the home where the woman was found dead in an effort to process every possible bit of evidence.
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Homicide detectives collect evidence at the scene of the crime in Santee on Oct. 5, 2016.
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"In a homicide [investigation], we have one chance to get it right," SDSO Lt. Kenneth Nelson told reporters.
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Witness statements and blood evidence found in the street are among the many pieces of the case under investigation, SDSO Lt. Kenneth Nelson said. A motive for the killing has not been determined.
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Leticia Arroyo (r) and her brother. Arroyo was 34 and a graduate of Mount Miguel High School, her family said.
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The victim's siblings described her as a woman with an infectious smile, who loved to make others laugh.
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