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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  June 3, 2015

 

Estranged wife and two men convicted in slaying of Yucaipa man

   
Booking Photos (left to right): Amy Hillrich, David Olvera and Emilio Saldana


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A Yucaipa woman and two men have been found guilty of first degree murder for the slaying of a 39-year-old man who was gunned down outside his Ontario office.

The trial required two juries—one for Amy Hillrich, 42, of Yucaipa, and one for the two killers David Olvera, 28, of Yucaipa, and Emilio Saldana, 25, of Calimesa.

A jury found Olvera and Saldana both guilty of first degree murder Friday. On May 14, after less than three hours of deliberation, a second jury found Amy Hillrich guilty of first degree murder.

All three defendants are scheduled to be sentenced July 16, 2015, in Dept. R10, Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court. Hillrich faces 26 years to life in state prison and Olvera and Saldana each face 51 years to life in state prison.

Statement of Facts

John and Amy “Nikki” Hillrich were married but had been separated for years. They shared custody of their two young children and maintained a family home in Yucaipa.

According to Deputy District Attorney Michele Elizalde-Daly, who prosecuted the case, Amy asked her boyfriend, David Olvera, to kill her husband because she felt that he was making her life difficult over concerns he had about her relationship with Olvera.

Olvera was a parolee, who according to their children, had been spending time at the house.

John Hillrich, 39, was shot and killed Aug. 15, 2011, in the parking structure outside his Ontario office.

Surveillance video of the parking structure captures the shooter exiting a truck which is later identified as having been loaned to both Olvera and Saldana.

A search warrant would later reveal post-it notes in Amy Hillrich’s purse in which she requested that David kill her husband because he was making her life miserable. Detectives from the Ontario Police Department, who were the investigating agency, were also able to locate text messages and phone calls between the defendants, including text messages between Amy Hillrich and Olvera in the days and moments leading up to the murder, coordinating where John Hillrich would be at a given time and how to disable his car’s security alarm.

According to Elizalde-Daly, one other post-it note was a “Dear John” letter to the victim, telling him that she was sorry that it had come to the point where he had to be killed.

It was signed, “Love, Nikki.”


Contacts:
Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665



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