The attorney for a man held on suspicion of killing his girlfriend by shooting her to death in Covina Monday night, said her client is innocent and has an alibi.
He is innocent,” said Gutierrez’s attorney Pamela DiBello. “He could have ran. He has family in Mexico. He could have ran, he could have hid. That is what guilty people do. He voluntarily came in because he said he didn’t do this.”
Police were searching for Gutierrez for much of the day Tuesday, calling him a “person of interest.”
Since Monday night, Gutierrez had ever intention of turning himself into police, but knowing the nature of the situation wanted to be accompanied by a lawyer, said DiBello.
“He freaked out at what happened,” said DiBello. “He was scared. He was crying. He cared for this girl very much.”
“He contacted me first thing.”
DiBello wouldn’t comment on Gutierrez’s story of what happened Monday night, when Hassan was shot in the head. Police have said Gutierrez’s grandfather made the 911 call. The incident was first reported as a suicide at 2:30 p.m. Monday.
“My understanding is he was there, along with two other people, when the incident happened,” DiBello said. “He wasn’t alone in the home.”
DiBello declined to comment further on Gutierrez’s actions that night or what happened.