FAIRFIELD — A killer who fatally stabbed a Vacaville woman in December 1982 – a murder case that went unsolved until 2003 – was denied parole Wednesday.
Vincent C. Ortiz is serving a 16-years-to-life sentence after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in 2006. This was Ortiz’s first parole hearing, which ended with a parole board ordering Ortiz to wait seven years until his second parole bid.
Ortiz, 56, is locked up at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga.
Rosa Castaneda bled to death on the living room floor of her Brown Street apartment in Vacaville. Vacaville police long suspected Ortiz as the assailant, but they lacked enough evidence to arrest him.
Ortiz married Casteneda’s sister in 1984 and they were divorced in 1992.
In 2003, Detective Joseph McElligott inherited the cold case 20 years after Castaneda’s killing. He decided to have minute flecks of skin found under Castaneda’s fingernails tested using new DNA-testing technology. The test led to Ortiz’s arrest.
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