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Court dates set for two Tualatin murder cases

Two former Tualatin residents face separate murder charges in the coming months.

Lujar Philippo is accused of stabbing Kiorinta Edmond, 31, outside the couple’s shared apartment at 18755 S.W. 90th Avenue on the morning of June 22, 2012.

Philippo’s trial was set to begin in early April 2013, but was postponed at the request of his attorney, James Glover, who claimed it was difficult to find an appropriate Marshallese translator for Philippo.

Approximately 44,000 people worldwide speak the native language of the Marshall Islands of Micronesia.

Tualatin police responded to a neighbor’s call and found Edmonds dead outside the Tualatin Meadows apartment complex. Edmonds had been stabbed repeatedly in her chest and upper torso, police reported. The neighbor said he had heard Edmonds’ screams. When police arrived, they were allegedly rushed by a knife-wielding Philippo, who then turned the knife to his own neck.

Prosecutor Bracken McKey confirmed Philippo has been lodged in the Washington County Jail awaiting trial, which is set to begin July 15.

Meanwhile a settlement hearing has been set for Gustavo Villanueva Gutierrez, arrested September 2013 after remains found in Marion County were identified as those of his wife, Maribel Gutierrez-Salinas, who had been missing since 2011.

A Marion County grand jury reviewed the case and handed down an indictment on Aug. 20, 2013, charging Gutierrez with murder and abuse of a corpse. Gutierrez was then arrested near Laredo, Texas, where he was found driving an 18-wheeler.

He was then extradited and lodged in Marion County Jail awaiting trial.

According to the cold case squad’s files, Gutierrez-Salinas had been employed at Agave Grill in Tigard and resided in Tualatin with Gutierrez, who returned to Mexico approximately two months after her disappearance. Gutierrez had been living in Salem at the time of his arrest.

Gutierrez’s settlement

hearing is set for March 21 before Judge Jamese Rhoades.



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