Second person arrested for Gervais man's murder
A second person has been arrested in connection with the murder of a Gervais man who was found dead in Salem on Nov. 10.
Vanessa 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.
Garcia-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.