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Delavan man charged with first-degree intentional homicide

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May 13, 2014 | 12:51 PM
ELKHORN — The man accused of fatally stabbing his cousin on May 4 remains in jail and faces life in prison.

Rafael Olivarez, 39, has been officially charged with first-degree intentional homicide, a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence.

Olivarez allegedly stabbed and killed Ivan Guerrero, a 31-year-old Delavan man, after an argument.

Olivarez is in custody in lieu of a $1 million bond and is next scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 14.

According to the criminal complaint:

When police arrived on the scene, Olivarez’s face, hands, sweatshirt, pants and socks were covered in blood.

The officer also made contact with Guerrero who was lying on the ground. The officer saw a blood trail leading from Guerrero to the door of a Delavan apartment.

Guerrero’s breathing was slow and shallow the officer reported.

The officer described Guerrero’s stab wound as about five inches long, two inches wide and so deep that it “appeared to have visceral fatty tissue exposed,” according to the complaint.

The victim’s wife, Brenda Garcia, said that Olivarez was a guest in their home.

She said Olivarez became belligerent with Guerrero.

Olivarez apparently attempted to attack Guerrero and Garcia intervened, but she was struck several times and thrown to the side.

Garcia said Olivarez grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Guerrero.

When taking Olivarez into custody, Olivarez allegedly stated “I might be in prison for the rest of my life, but I got Mexicans that will take care of things for me out here,” according to the complaint. An autopsy ruled that Guerrero died of multiple stab wounds.


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