On December 21, 2006, through
DNA evidence, Aguayo was convicted of killing Eva Chu, who was
seven months pregnant at the time of her death.
Aguayo was serving a 60-year
sentence for kidnapping, rape and robbery of his ex-girlfriend
when the district attorney’s office reviewed old cases, and
discovered the match.
The defense argued there was a
possibility of human or machine error, and to not rely on DNA
evidence. Defense also had witnesses who described a man that
looked nothing like Aguayo drive away in Chu’s car.
Moreno Aguayo, 68
Date of offense: April 1979
Date of death sentence: Aug. 8, 1996
Aguayo was serving time in prison in Susanville
for attempted murder after beating his girlfriend and leaving her
in the trunk of his car in the summer sun when Sacramento
investigators came calling.
A review of DNA evidence from an April 1979
slaying matched his, and he eventually was convicted in the
strangulation death of Eva Chu, 29. Chu, who was seven months
pregnant, was last seen near a downtown parking garage on her way
to a doctor’s checkup when she was abducted. Her body was found
four days later on the banks of Arcade Creek under some tree
limbs. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. Aguayo was
convicted in her murder, as well as that of her unborn child.
Joseph Moreno Aguayo