Arrest in 1981 cold case of Joseph Azevedo

Murder victim Joseph Azevedo (left) and suspect Christopher David Winter (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.)

Christopher David Winter  has been arrested for the 1981 murder of Joseph Azevedo from Lancaster, CA.

Detectives believe Winter was burglarizing the home and was startled by Azevedo. Armando Azevedo was 17 when he and his 9-year-old brother discovered their father’s body lying in a pool of blood inside his Lancaster mobile home. It was May 2, 1981, and Joseph Azevedo, 50, had been fatally shot by a burglar.

The case went cold for decades and was reopened in 2006 after advances in fingerprint and DNA analysis. 

Armando said he plans to attend the trial. “I guess I just need to know that it’s done and over,” he said. Winter could face the death penalty. More details will be posted as soon as they become available.

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