A second man was arrested on Monday in connection to the murder of a 60-year old Rhode Island man who was found buried underneath a freshly poured cement grave. This second arrest comes shortly after the police apprehended another suspect on Saturday.
Steven Pietrowicz Jr., 39, and Michelle Morin, 40, both of Burrillville, Rhode Island, are currently being held without bail as they are expected to face murder charges for killing Domingo Ortiz. A bail hearing for Pietrowicz was scheduled for June 15.
According to the Worcester police report, Morin, who was arrested on Saturday, is expected to be presented for extradition as a fugitive from justice in Worcester District Court. Afterwards, she will be handed over to the Rhode Island authorities, where she will probably be charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
As for Pietrowicz, he was arrested last week but initially he was only charged with assault and obstructing a police officer. Now, the police say they have gathered enough evidence to link with Ortiz’s murder.
Both Pietrowicz and Morin were living in the same home where the victim was found under a cement layer covered by a newly constructed deck. The authorities have yet to determine what drove the two people to kill Ortiz, but a press conference has been announced for Monday to shed some light on the case.
Domingo Ortiz was last seen almost a month ago, on May 5, but his body wasn’t discovered until Friday last week. The victim’s family alerted the police shortly after noticing his mysterious disappearance.
“We don’t know what happened. He went to visit some friends,” said Tracie Gonzalez, Ortiz’s niece. “After two days not hearing from him we knew something was wrong.” The Burrillville Police Department report says the body was found under a shallow 3-4 centimeters layer of cement, close to one of the house’s exits.
Ortiz, who was working as a roofer, had five children and scores of grandchildren. So far, the investigators have not able to determine the exact circumstances of his death.
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