May 22nd, 2009
02:55 PM ET

Pregnant Mom, Dad stabbed to death


[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/22/art.crime.beachfront.mom.jpg caption="Davina Husted was stabbed to death with her husband on Wednesday, she was four months pregnant." width=292 height=320]

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

A quiet seaside community was jolted by the brutal killings of a husband, wife, and their unborn child, while police say the couple’s young son was watching “American Idol” in the family room.

Authorities in Ventura, California, say they are desperate for information. “We don’t know the motive, or anything about the suspect,” said Sheriff's Department Capt.Ross Bonfiglio.

According to police, Brock and Davina Husted were killed at about 10:30 P.M. Wednesday night after an intruder entered their beachfront house. The woman was four months pregnant and police are counting the fetus as a third homicide victim. The parents, both 42, were stabbed to death. Captain Bonfigio says the couple was viciously stabbed to death and the knife was recovered at the scene.

Investigators say the French doors on the ocean side of the single family house were left open on the night of the 20th, allowing the intruder access.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office say the couple’s 9-year-old son was watching the finale of "American Idol" when he saw the suspect, who passed in front of him. According to investigators, the killer “confronted Davina, who was in the kitchen," police said in a press release. "Davina moved to the front portion of the house where the suspect followed and brutally stabbed Davina and Brock to death in one of the other rooms inside of the house.”

Detectives say the son found his parents on the floor and awoke his 11-year-old sister. The two children left the house and contacted a neighbor who called 911.

Captain Bonfigio said he does not know if the Husteds were targeted or the victims of a random home invasion. He said it has been more than a decade since the last homicide was reported in the area.

A massive search is under way to find the killer. Several law enforcement agencies have joined in the hunt.

The press release offers few clues as to the suspect’s identity, except to say he is a man with “a dark complexion wearing a black motorcycle helmet, and possibly wearing a dark or black jumpsuit."

There is no indication of a motive - and it is unclear if anything was taken from the home. And police have revealed no evidence linking the killer to the victims.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau at (805) 477-7000.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. Deidre

    Not only the non-responsive child but the mother moved to another room. Husband is killed too. Stabbed. Now you cant stab two people at the same time. What was the husband doing that he couldnt react? Everyone is focusing on the child but focus on the hubby too. If this murder is connected to a pregnancy then the intruder was someone they all knew. She may have come clean to hubby before hand. The it was noted that the intruder had a helmet and a black outfit on. Where did that come from? I still am not ruling out the kid, but there are other circumstances that need to be investigated also.

    May 26, 2009 at 2:02 am |
  2. pete

    Replying to Kelly Diaz,
    what purpose would it be to claim the unborn child as a victim? will it expidite the investigation? would anyone care? how does 3 murders count more than 2? don't try to impede the investigation with your stupidity!

    May 25, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  3. Diane

    I noticed "Rae" thought the same thing I thought about the brother. I only seen his interview and it seemed fishy to me right that moment he started talking. Yes I do remember him "correcting" his words and that made me feel like he knows something or involved. If we have this feeling from him from one interview, I'm sure the police feel the same. I won't be surprised if we hear that this man was involved.

    May 25, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  4. Bobby

    The killer was hired to kill 2 specific people and that's all. No others were to be harmed. A witness does not mater when you are wearing a helmet. A professional killer walks with ease and grace and gets the job done. A typical 9 year old does not have the maturity level or ability to comprehend what was about to happen thus being no threat to the killer.

    May 25, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  5. Sharon

    Poor children how can someone assused these children, It is highly impossible.

    May 25, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  6. Juanita

    I agree with the love triangle theory. If the mother confronted the intruder
    and it appeared to the son that she knew him then there was no reason for alarm. It sounds like the confrontation was not that of a complete stranger entering the house. Would there not be yelling screaming and such. I think the mother knew the person and they went to other side of the house to perhaps what she thought was talk. Who knows. Everyone can theorize but these things have a way of being unraveled.
    I don't believe a 9 year old could stab two grown adults. Would there not be some evidence left on him. There would be blood, scratches etc. A 9 year old is physically incapable of overpowering two grown adults. This seems to be a crime of passion. The police need to investigate that avenue. Was one of them having an affair? I bet if they
    go there something will come up.

    May 25, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  7. jenny

    Someone committing a crime with a motorcycle helmet on? I guess the kid couldn't give any evidence on description. Maybe the killer was the father of the unborn child? As already said there is "something not quite right about this crime"

    May 25, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  8. DDC

    There is simply not enough information given to determine what went on in that home yet. I do know that children can become so engrossed in a show to lose all awarenss of their surroundings and tune out any sound, hell I've done it! It is odd however that this woman had an 11 year old, a nine year old and was 42 and pregnant, nine years after her last child which would lead me to wonder if our murderer is somehow connected to the pregnancy. If this IS the case , solving this one will be a no brainer. The fact that the intruder did not harm the children could lead one to wonder if it was a hit man and his instructions and pay only included the two adults. This would explain why he did not harm the children. I am going to speculate that the pregnancy and the killings are somehow connected.

    May 25, 2009 at 8:51 am |
  9. Bandot

    I hope they catch this walking ad for the death penalty soon.

    May 25, 2009 at 8:09 am |
  10. Charm

    Wow. How horrible that people are actually posting here that they think the son did it or asking why he didn't do anything. HE'S a 9 year old boy for cripes sake. He was probably too scared to move or maybe he hid until the intruder left the house.

    May 25, 2009 at 2:43 am |
  11. young

    a terrible tragedy.

    our government is using police to collect money with radar, camera on highway or local.

    Question: how much have you or your friends paid more in parking and speeding, etc.. in the last two years compared to 5 years ago?

    US is really becoming sick and sick. Gov is against people, people are killing each other.

    If more police are watching, instead of using radar pointing..
    If more police are patrolling, instead of planning for fining..

    May 25, 2009 at 2:30 am |
  12. Daryl

    Murders are commited most of the time, by a known person of the victim. I would launch a full investigation of friends and relatives.

    May 25, 2009 at 12:17 am |
  13. RE: Kelly Isabella Diaz

    READ the news release!

    ""The woman was four months pregnant and police are counting the fetus as a third homicide victim. ""

    May 24, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  14. Jason

    Something isn't right here. How is the kid gonna let a stranger walk past, unless it wasn't a stranger? Is American Idol really that good? Terrible thing to happen to anybody, though.

    May 24, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  15. deidre

    Kim, the nine year old didnt know his parents were deceased until after he saw the intruder so there was no reason for that kind of shock. It does seem strange that two people are killed in a house where it says the mother moved from the kitchen to the front room. Why didnt the husband react? There had to be screaming going on at that point. The little girl wasnt awakened by the noise? Seems very strange and just because he is nine doesnt mean he couldnt have done it. Remember the 8 year old who shot both his dad and his dad's friend and then made up a story about what happened? He shot each of them 4 times or more. Made up a story about a truck leaving the scene. 9 year olds today are not like the 9 year olds from years ago.

    May 24, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  16. James M. Van Etten

    Theres really one major point to this that stands out after the fact that these children will be left without thier parents and the tradgedy that has taken place..
    All the people out there that demand the fetus be counted as a child and the third murder victum ?? Every day in america a fetus of this age is killed by ABORTION and it's because it's not a life !!!!!! When will this double standard and the rights of the unborn be recognized???? We can't have it both way's when it's convienant..

    May 24, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  17. Jack

    At least the killer did not use a gun and the family stayed politically correct by not using or having one to defend themselves with. Remember we are always being told the police and courts will defend us from predators so having a gun is wrong. I wonder why police have guns?

    May 24, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  18. Nash

    Yes, lets not rule out the 9 year old or the 11 year old. It was only three years ago a 13 year old killed his mother and father in Arkansas. Any scenario is possible. If a mom is capable of drowning her children then cant the children be capable of killing their parents. Remember, this is a sick world we live in.

    May 24, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  19. Manny

    This's unbelievable rude of this guy, that after killing this couple dare to walk right in front of the tv, interrupting the american idol show
    Poor kid,how upset he must be

    May 24, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  20. Scott

    To me it seems highly doubtful the son did it, and frankly the speculation based on such little information seems a little silly to me. A nine-year old stabbing two adults to death? That takes a lot of strength and endurance. The crime as described here could have easily happened without the son hearing, then he saw the intruder as the intruder was leaving. Then the boy went and found his parents' bodies. Makes perfect sense as described (though I can see how some people might assume the boy saw the killer before the crime rather than after.)

    May 24, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  21. Kuske

    Apparently nothing was stolen so it was either a contract killing, revenge, or mental illness.

    May 24, 2009 at 8:46 am |
  22. Bruce in MA

    In 1977-78 there were a series of rather greusome murders in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. In many of them, Men were killed with a shotgun blast and women either never located, or their bodies found years later. In one, in Fallston Borough, the Father was killed with a shotgun Blast, the mother disappeared and two children in the house never heard a thing.
    The killing spree expanded into the Carolinas and Florida
    where Edward Surratt was finally caught and is serving a live term.
    Don't be too hard on the kids, they are suffering enough.

    May 24, 2009 at 8:45 am |
  23. McAllister

    This has drug killing written all over it.

    May 24, 2009 at 8:31 am |
  24. JT

    Sounds like a professional "Hit". Or, the wife had a lover who was spurned and came back for revenge. Either way, this does not sound like a random killing.

    The police must know more details that they are not saying. That is the way they work.

    May 24, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  25. ezma

    First, what nine year old kid would not get excited at seeing someone wearing a motorcyle helmet knowing that meant he rode a bike and it had to be outside and not want to see it? Second, what was a nine year old boy doing up so late on a school night while his older sister was in bed? Third, who would come up with that kind of disguise to come in to rob a house. A motorcycle helmet and not gloves, knowing if you use a knife there is a good chance you are going to cut yourself and leave trace evidence. Fourth, who is to say that the nine year old boy wasn't jealouse of the attention the baby was already getting? Is it possible for a nine year boy to kill, yes, Sad, but true. Who knows if the mom was killed and the dad came along saw what happened to his wife and the boy got him afterwards? Kids are exposed to so much sick stuff on tv and the internet. Besides, has anybody see this nine year old boy? Is he big for his age ? Looks and acts older? Is something not right, yea. I think that boy knows more than he is telling or not everything he did that night. Kids are smarter these days than I think we realize. It is a scary fact but true that we could have a nine year old killer. Don't want to believe it but it is called the sign of the times were living in.

    May 24, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  26. Ken Macone(Sparks,Nv-Police)

    They were targeted by Organized-StaLker-Brigades who get secret money from Homeland Security and jewish mafia, & systematically eliminated as declared Undesirables, Per DHS protocol...Smiley-Face murders in Eastern U.S. are related to the same organized Perps/ Stalkers!

    May 24, 2009 at 8:06 am |
  27. Dixie Chyc

    An unlocked door is not an issue. If a person (or persons) are hell-bent on getting into a home, they will whether the doors are locked or not. This is a good case in support of the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. I've always had a gun for protection (yes, I was trained on its use and safety)., And yes, I had children in the home but they were educated on guns and their purpose, safety, and use. If I had ever been faced with the same situation as the Husted's, of course I can't say for sure that I would have survived, but at least I would have had two things to my advantage: a plan and a fighting chance thanks to my training and a loaded gun. Wise up – it's a dangerous world where moral-less violent people will take what they can – including your life!

    May 24, 2009 at 7:58 am |
  28. Mary

    I place not blame on the sleeping child or the little boy in front of the tv who only knew someone walked past.

    For you people that had negative comments I have to wonder if you have every asked a question of your child when they were totally watching a show... cus im impressed the child remembered that someoen croseed his visual path.

    sheeesh u don;t yell "fire" to get a kids attention you better be yelling "who wants ice cream".

    children have selective hearing and even if he did hear or did see....whats he gonna do kick em in the shins and say "stop that"?

    May 24, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  29. Doc

    Yet another reason for LAW ABIDING CITIZENS to own guns. In my home an intruding will be answered with a SAIGA 12.

    May 24, 2009 at 7:43 am |
  30. rcbrown

    you cant' blame the boy.did he have any blood on him? were there any prints on the knife? from the pictures they seem happy.

    May 24, 2009 at 7:31 am |
  31. Jay Bea

    I heard on the news that the young boy hid behind the couch while the parent's were being stabbed. If this is correct that would be a very good response for a young child. He was probably terrified & knew he had to hide. I agree that a 9 year old watching TV isn't going to jump into action right away. Mine wouldn't. It's not every day you are faced with a killer. They are in a relaxed atmosphere where it probably seemed nothing could go wrong. When you're on vacation you are in la la land anyways. As far as the girl sleeping through it...I've heard of people being shot & others in the same house didn't hear it. We don't know the layout of the house or the circumstances. She could have been sick & took meds, too. Who knows? Again this girl probably feels SAFE & relaxed. She doesn't know to keep an ear out for her parents being stabbed. She's just a child. God bless them both! This is very tragic. I can't imagine what that young boy heard & saw.

    May 24, 2009 at 6:38 am |
  32. Lisa

    I live in another state so the only knowledge is this site and after reading all the comments it is my opinion that the brother of the victim did it and stood to maybe gain possession of the deceased brothers possessions/money upon his death and of course he had to get rid of the wife too because it would have gone to her otherwise. Maybe brother needed money and maybe he inveyed his sibling for being more successful. I would definitely investigate that possibility.
    Oh and the kids even thou they couldn't see the uncle's face, in my opinion would have felt an at ease presence being there uncle maybe.

    May 24, 2009 at 6:24 am |
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