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UC Merced Student and Mother Arrrested for Murder

A UC MERCED STUDENT WHO GRADUATED SALUTATORIAN FROM GOLDEN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL AND HIS MOTHER HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN WHAT MERCED COUNTY SHERIFFS INVESTIGATORS CALL A MURDER INSURANCE FRAUD SCHEME. THE SUSPECTS 37 YEAR OLD LAURA HERNANDEZ AND HER SON 20 YEAR OLD ERICK HERNANDEZ CAMARILLO WERE BOOKED INTO MERCED COUNTY JAIL YESTERDAY IN CONNECTION WITH THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 39 YEAR OLD ALBERTO RODRIGUEZ MACIAS. MACIAS IS THE WOMANS HUSBAND AND STEPFATHER TO HER SON ERIK. AUTHORITIES SAY THE SHOOTING HAPPEN IN MARCH IN A HOME IN DOS PALOS. THE MERCED SUN STARS VICTOR A PATTON HAS FOLLOWED THE STORY AND SAID AT FIRST AUTHORITIES THOUGHT MACIAS DEATH COULD HAVE BEEN A SUICIDE….BUT HE SAYS DURING THEIR INVESTIGATION SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES SAY THE MOTHER AND SON’S STORY DIDN’T ADD UP AND THERE WERE MANY INCONSISTENCIES IN THEIR STATEMENTS. AUTHORITIES SAY THE PAIR HAD TAKEN OUT AROUND ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES AND THEY BELIEVED THE PAIR KILLED MACIAS TO REAP THE BENEFITS. THE SUSPECTS ARE FACING CHARGES OF MURDER, CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER AND INSURANCE FRAUD.