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White City man charged in woman's homicide

A White City man has been arrested on murder and animal abuse charges in the stabbing death of a woman he knew, and the previous killing of a dog.

Hector Cruz Orozco, 24, was arrested for the Thursday morning homicide of 63-year-old Amanda Gail Berthelot, who was stabbed to death in her home at 8005 Gladstone Ave., in White City, according to Jackson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mike Moran.

Moran said Orozco and Berthelot were “acquaintances,” and that Orozco frequented the address.

“I don’t know to what extent, but they knew each other,” Moran said.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Orozco Friday for second-degree murder, and added charges of first-degree animal abuse and tampering with evidence for allegedly killing a dog in an “earlier incident,” according to Moran.

Moran didn’t say when the animal was killed or how it died.

Sheriff’s deputies found Berthelot dead at her home shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday, when witnesses called 911 to report an assault with a weapon.

Police said Orozco fled the scene after the stabbing, and they made contact with him about 90 minutes later in the 2600 block of Falcon Street, according to Moran.

Orozco has been held in the Jackson County Jail since Thursday on a detainer for violating his parole on 2014 convictions of unlawful use of a weapon and riot charges stemming from a 2014 drive-by shooting and gang fight in White City when he was 17, according to anearlier news reportand court records.

Orozco was held in jail Friday without bail.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

The multi-agency Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit investigates a homicide Thursday afternoon at 8005 Gladstone Ave. in White City.{ }Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Hector Cruz Orozco, 24, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 63-year-old Amanda Gail Berthelot. Jackson County Sheriff's Office photo.