April 12th, 2010
02:58 PM ET

Man arrested in murder of California couple


Joshua Graham Packer is facing murder charges in relation to the mysterious killing of a Southern California couple last year.

Joshua Graham Packer is facing murder charges in relation to the mysterious killing of a Southern California couple last year.

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Police have made an arrest in the home invasion slaying last year of a Southern California couple in their beach house, authorities said today.

Joshua Graham Packer, 20, of Ventura, is facing charges including three counts of murder and two counts of robbery, Capt. Ross Bonfiglio of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department told CNN.

Bonfligio said the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department will discuss more details at a news conference scheduled later Monday.

Packer is accused of murdering Brock Husted, his wife, Davina Husted, and their unborn child. The Husteds, who were both 42, were stabbed to death by inside the family’s seaside home in Faria Beach, California, on May 20.

Until the couple’s slaying, the gated, seaside community of luxury homes had not recorded a homicide in 15 years, police said.

According to investigators, the Husteds were home with their two young children on the night of the slaying. Their daughter was asleep in her bed and their son was watching American Idol in the living room.

Sometime around 10:30 p.m., the suspect entered the home through French doors that face the ocean, police said.

The killer was dressed in dark clothing and wore a motorcycle helmet, authorities said. He walked past the child who was watching television and stabbed the Husteds. Davina Husted was four months pregnant.

The home was not ransacked and the alleged murder weapon was left at the scene, Bonfiglio said.

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soundoff (8 Responses)

    He looks good in that orange jump suit. Add a chair, restraints and a metal skull cap and the picture is complete. You destroyed the lives of many due to your senseless acts and Karma has found you. Time to pay!

    April 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  2. k Peterson

    It has nothing to do with morals. It's about undiagnosed and untreated mental illness.

    April 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  3. oscar

    This is a very sad story. The suspect should face the maximum penalty provided by law. Even though he deserves worse for what he has taken from the surviving children.

    April 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  4. jdubu2

    This has nothing to do with "moral fiber" ! Clearly this is a very deranged sicko!! . God bless those people and their unborn child, very tragic.

    April 12, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  5. Atticus Finch

    If this is the right guy, I hope he suffers terribly everyday for what he did. I hope that every day he's alive, he wishes he were dead. I hope he dies in prison after suffering for a long, long time.

    April 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  6. nicholas bothwell

    I went to school with this guy crazy

    April 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  7. Jacqueline Murphy

    this was a freaky crime, I hope they got the right guy... as a tax payer and Ventura resident, I would rather not pay for countless appeals. Ventura County DA won't admit it if they are wrong.

    April 12, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  8. askfancy

    This is a sad and tragic testament to the diminished moral fiber of American society. I am disgusted by this senseless murder that deprived innocent children of the love and comfort of growing up with their parents. I am deeply saddened.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm |