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Murder suspect in police custody

May 06, 2014 | 04:34 PM
DELAVAN — One man is dead and one adult sustained minor injuries after a stabbing in Delavan May 4.

According to a press release from the Delavan Police Department, Rafael Olivarez, a 39-year-old Delavan man, is being held at Walworth County jail in lieu of a $1 million bond set at his initial court appearance Tuesday, May 6.

The victim, Ivan Guerrero, a 31-year-old Delavan man, was transported to Mercy Hospital in Janesville and later died from his injuries.

At 3:17 a.m. May 4, paramedics responded to a call at 509 Lawson School Road, Unit 8, after receiving a call saying someone had been stabbed inside the apartment.

Several other people were in the home at the time, and another adult sustained minor injuries in the apartment and was treated at the scene. Olivarez was the only suspect, the press release states.

Walworth County District Attorney Daniel Necci said Olivarez will next appear in court May 7.

The Delavan Police Department release states that an autopsy was performed on May 5, and Police Chief Timothy O’Neill said a criminal complaint will be issued soon.

Necci was also at the scene, assisting the Delavan police with the investigation, which he said is standard procedure for major cases.

“I go anytime there is a major case like that, a major Crime scene,” Necci said in a phone interview May 6. “I go anytime officers have questions.”

Even though he was dealing with limited information, Necci said it looked like a serious case from the beginning.

“We knew it was probably going to be (serious) at the time ... it looked like it could be an attempted homicide or a homicide,” he said. “I don’t wait around until they determine that. I just go out and help out any way I can.”

Necci said he plans to charge Olivarez with first-degree intentional homicide, meaning Olivarez had intent to kill. Second degree intentional homicide includes a disregard for human life, but not necessarily an intent to kill.

If convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, Olivarez would face life in prison.

Necci said he’s heard from some sources that the victim was Olivarez’ cousin, but he couldn’t confirm their relationship.

Delavan Police were assisted by Walworth County Sheriff’s deputies.


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