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June 4th, 2009
05:42 PM ET

Slaying of Ventura couple may not be random, police say

Steve Chawkins
The Los Angeles Times

Detectives investigating the murder of a husband and wife in their beach house near Ventura have drawn no firm conclusions but are leaning toward the possibility that the slayings were not random.

"If we were asked which was the stronger likelihood, it’s that they were targeted - but we have not ruled out the other possibility,’’ said Capt. Ross Bonfiglio, a spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Bonfiglio said he could not elaborate without jeopardizing the ongoing investigation.

Brock and Davina Husted, both 42, were stabbed to death by an intruder in their Faria Beach home on May 20 at about 10:30 p.m. The Husteds’ 9-year-old son told police he saw an intruder wearing a motorcycle helmet enter the home through an open patio door and get into a confrontation with his mother in the kitchen and a hallway. Brock Husted, owner of a Santa Barbara wrought-iron company, came to her aid.

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  1. VITA ZEMAITIS

    If the crime happened May 20, how come we are just getting the information about it just now? Why was the door left open?Please keep us informed.

    June 5, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    I hope police get to the bottom of this. I really feel for the children – they have lost their parents and a yet-to-be-born sibling. And I'm sure they don't feel as safe in this world as they did before the slayings happened. Hopefully, knowing why this has happened will help them recover somewhat.

    June 4, 2009 at 6:45 pm |