Accused killer’s case heads to trial Sept. 18

August 28, 2023

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Accused killer’s case heads to trial Sept. 18

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor

HART — The case against a 33-year-old Muskegon man accused of shooting and killing a 28-year-old man with a handgun June 12, 2022 is heading to trial in Oceana County’s 51st Circuit Court next month.

Carlos Andres Sanchez, of 3860 Manatee Ave., is accused of murdering Miguel Angel Gutierrez, of 4357 Louise St,, Muskegon. Sanchez, who is lodged in the Oceana County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond, is charged with open murder and felony firearm.

The killing occurred around noon in the backyard of a residence at 8537 S. Robinhood Dr. in Grant Township — the home of Crystal Ramona Gonzalez.

Sanchez fled the scene in his pickup, but was captured by law enforcement in Muskegon County.

Witness testimony during a preliminary examination in 79th District Court revealed that the victim suffered seven gunshot wounds. Dr. Jared Brooks, a forensic and anatomic pathologist, testified that the autopsy determined that the cause of death was “multiple gunshot wounds” and the manner of death was “homicide.”

“He just got out of his truck; walked towards us; and started shooting,” said Crystal Gonzalez. Gonzalez said the defendant, Sanchez, is the father of her children.

A love triangle — or rectangle — appears to be the motive. “Carlos was messing with his baby mama, we were just going to talk to each other and get to know each other,” she said of the victim. 

“He got out of his truck; had a gun in his hand; and started shooting,” she said of Sanchez. “He emptied the round.”

Gonzalez testified that Gutierrez had spent the previous three nights at her home prior to his death.

The two-week jury trial is for Sept. 18-22 and Sept. 25-29.

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