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Vanessa Garcia-Beiza becomes second person accused of murdering Kenny Kalugin of Gervais last week

A second person has been arrested in connection with the murder of a Gervais man who was found dead in Salem on Nov. 10.

MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Vanessa Garcia-BeizaVanessa Garcia-Beiza, 24, faces one count of murder and one count of first-degree robbery in connection with the death of Kenny Kalugin, 37, of Gervais. Jail records show that Garcia-Beiza was booked into the Marion County Jail on Nov. 14.

Kalugin's body was found in the early morning hours of Nov. 10 in a vehicle located in an alley in the 1800 block of Liberty Street Northeast in Salem. An autopsy revealed that Kalugin's death was the result of gunshot wounds.

MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Jose Barboza-ManzoGarcia-Beiza is the second person to be accused of murdering Kalugin: Jose Barboza-Manzo, 21, was arrested on Monday and charged with one count of murder and one count of first-degree robbery, charges stemming from Kalugin's death.

Barboza-Manzo was arrested by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police SWAT the evening of Nov. 13. He was located at a residence in unincorporated Tillamook County on Monday afternoon.

When he refused to obey commands to exit the residence, Oregon State Police SWAT was activated to assist in the arrest. Barboza-Manzo later surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.

According to a probable cause statement signed by a Salem police officer on Nov. 14, Garcia-Beiza was the driver of a vehicle for the co-defendants (neither of whom are named in the statement) who met to take drugs from Kalugin. Garcia-Beiza was identified after witnesses said her vehicle drove by the robbery scene.

Garcia-Beiza said she transported a co-defendant to the robbery location, knowing the plan was to be "fronted" drugs from Kalugin since they did not have money. One of the co-defendants was armed with a handgun and assured the other co-defendant they would get the drugs.

According to the probable cause statement, Garcia-Beiza also admitted she drove the two co-defendants away from the scene after she heard shots fired by one of the co-defendants. Video surveillance showed one of the co-defendants reach into Kalugin's vehicle and take something out after the shots were fired.

According to court records, both Garcia-Beiza and Barboza-Manzo are accused of attempting to commit the crime of first-degree robbery and in the course of that crime killed Kalugin. The co-defendants are also accused of using a deadly weapon "with the intent of preventing and overcoming resistance" by the victim.

Both defendants were arraigned in the Marion County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Garcia-Beiza's next court date is another arraignment on Nov. 27, and Barboza-Manzo's next court date is an arraignment on Nov. 28.

Both Garcia-Beiza and Barboza-Manzo are held at the Marion County Jail without bail.

Barboza-Manzo also faces charges of felony attempting to elude, misdemeanor attempting to elude, reckless driving and harassment, crimes he allegedly committed on Oct. 7 this year.

He was arrested for those charges in October but was granted a security release from jail on Oct. 9 after paying 10 percent ($2,250) the $22,500 bail. As part of his security release, he agreed not to possess a firearm or have contact with Garcia-Beiza, who was named as a victim in that earlier case.


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