Three Guilty Of Natomas Coach’s Murder


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Three men have been convicted for murdering Natomas son Salvador Heredia-Arriaga.

Dejon Wayne Murray was found guilty today, Oct. 20 of first degree murder. Jurors could not reach agreement that Murray, 17 years old at the time of the crime, fired the gun that killed Heredia-Arriaga.

Murray’s was the final of three verdicts handed down in the case. Two other juries convicted both Murray’s co-defendants Maurice Edward Reed Jr. and Kenneth Oliver Owens Jr. earlier this week.

Heredia-Arriaga was shot in March 2010 when he interrupted a drug-related, home-invasion robbery at a friend’s apartment in south Natomas.

Emotions ran high as the final verdict was read today in Sacramento Superior Court. Heredia-Arriaga’s family said they were pleased with the verdicts, but added there were no winners today in court.

“There’s no closure,” said Sue Heredia, the victim’s mother and longtime Natomas Unified school board member. “There are two mothers who are hurting today.” 

Heredia-Arriaga worked as junior varsity football coach and substitute teacher at Natomas High School while taking law classes. Several football scholarships were awarded earlier this year to Natomas High students from a fund established in Heredia-Arriaga’s memory.

Sentencing has been set for Nov. 18.

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