Winkelman man facing murder charges after wife dies

A young mother is dead after being injured in a domestic violence assault while her husband remains in jail, charged with her murder.

According to Chief S. G. Gillen of the Hayden Police Department, on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at approximately 6 p.m. Hayden Police and medical personnel were called to the scene of an assault in the 500 block of Fifth St., Hayden. Both victims, Vanessa Ortega and Eric Gonzales, were taken by helicopter to University Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. The suspect in the attack was identified as Guillermo Ortega III, 37.

Ortega fled the scene in a white Chevy Suburban SUV, heading south on Highway 77.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received an emergency call just before 9 p.m. reporting that a vehicle had rolled in the area of E. Highway 77 and S. Willow Springs Rd., just south of Oracle. The driver, it was reported, had a possible compound fracture of the upper leg and several broken ribs. Deputies identified the driver as the suspect in the Hayden assault case, secured Ortega in an ambulance and cleared the scene, said PCSO Public Information Officer Tamra Ingersoll.

Gillen said that Ortega was transported to University Medical Center for further medical treatment. HPD officers, he said, arrived at the hospital and arrested Ortega and charged him with aggravated assault and domestic violence. Ortega was then transported and booked into the Pima County Sheriff’s Detention facility.

“Vanessa Ortega did not survive her injuries,” Gillen said, “and passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Eric Gonzales is currently recovering from his injuries.”

Guillermo Ortega was transported from the Pima County Jail on Thursday, May 2, and was booked into the Gila County Jail. He has been charged with second degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence. He is being held at the Globe jail on $250,000 bond.

“(The) Hayden Police Department wishes to thank the members of the community who responded to the scene at San Pedro and Fifth St. Sunday evening and rendered first aid,” said Gillen.

admin (7654 Posts)


Leave a Reply

  • Stories Just Posted

    Trust in the Lord

    July 22nd, 2014
    by

    By Rev. Dennis Van Gorp
    Family Life Christian Center

    Isaiah 31:1 speaks to us today saying, “Woe to those who rely on human strengths and resources instead of looking to


    Duval visits mine site and visits with local leaders

    July 22nd, 2014
    by

    By Mila Besich-Lira
    Superior Sun

    Fred Duval, the Democratic Candidate for the Arizona Governors seat visited Superior last week.


    Superior Little League All-Star Roundup

    July 22nd, 2014
    by

    Superior Sun The Superior Little League All-Star seasons for both the 11/12 Division and the 9/10 Division came to end earlier this month in the respective District 4 tournaments.


    Superior Senior Baseball All-Stars are runners up at district tourney

    July 22nd, 2014
    by

    Superior Sun The Superior Senior Baseball All-Star team lost to Casa Grande in the Championship round of the AZ District 4 Senior Baseball Tournament.


  • Stories Just For You

    Cradle Roll: Evander Michael Cook

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    Evander Michael Cook was born Oct. 10, 2013 at 10:20 a.m. in Scottsdale, weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measuring 19 1/2 […]


    Miner grapplers prep for sectional tournament

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    By Andrew Luberda San Manuel Miner The San Manuel Wrestling team has been preparing for the postseason by competing against […]


    Miner grapplers prep for sectional tournament

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    By Andrew Luberda San Manuel Miner The San Manuel Wrestling team has been preparing for the postseason by competing against […]


    Sea Lions compete in Yuma’s Polar Bear Plunge Meet

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    Over the weekend of Jan. 24-26, the Sea Lions Swim Team competed at the Polar Bear Plunge Swim Meet at […]


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather