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Case against man charged with murdering girlfriend dismissed 

Julio Alonso and Paulina Ramirez-Diaz. Photo from Facebook.

Update posted July 5

District Attorney unable to proceed due to lack of sufficient evidence

– The complaint alleging that 24-year-old Julio Cesar Alonso murdered Paulina Ramirez at her home in Nipomo on May 31, 2017 was dismissed today upon the motion of the District Attorney.

“Considering the current state of the evidence, along with our burden of proof ‘beyond a reasonable doubt,’ we are unable to proceed with prosecution at this time,” said Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham. “We are unable to comment further, as the case remains an open investigation.”

Update posted June 3

Man in questioning for girlfriend’s murder had been deported 10 months ago

–24-year-old Julio Cesar Alonso, who is currently the only suspect in a Nipomo murder case surrounding the death of his girlfriend, 24-year-old Paulina Ramirez-Diaz, had been deported to Mexico in August of 2016. He was the subject of a story about deportation published by The Desert Sun.

The story, published Aug. 10, 2016, states that, “After two years behind bars for a parole violation which Alonso claims he received after being arrested for driving without a license, he spent eight months in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility before finally being deported.

Alonso spent his teens in and out of juvenile centers. He also worked in a restaurant, using someone else’s social security number to get the job and have a portion of his paycheck deducted for taxes. But he never got a driver’s license and was stopped for driving without one. A judge ordered him to go to classes but he didn’t go. A warrant for his arrest was issued.”

“I did commit some crimes,” he was quoted saying. “I wasn’t thinking about my consequence. I didn’t think it would come all the way to this. I did get incarcerated and I did serve my time for everything I did. I don’t see why I’m over here. I paid my debt to society.”

Alonso made his way back over the United States border illegally at some point since last summer. Updates will be posted as the story unfolds.


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Update: Man charged with murdering girlfriend


Update posted June 1:

Victim identified as 24-year-old Paulina Ramirez-Diaz

24-year-old Julio Cesar Alonso

–The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is releasing new information on a suspicious death which occurred on Wednesday at a home in the 600 block of Pomeroy Road in Nipomo. A woman was found dead inside the home with a stab wound to her neck. The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Paulina Ramirez-Diaz of Nipomo.

A male, believed to be the boyfriend of the victim and living at the home, had been detained for questioning. He’s been identified as 24-year-old Julio Cesar Alonso. During the course of the investigation, detectives were able gather enough evidence to link Alonso to her death. As a result, Detectives have charged Alonso with a single count of murder and he was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail. There are no outstanding suspects in this case. The investigation is continuing.

If anyone has information on this incident, they are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Detective Division at (805) 781-4500.

No further details are available at this time.


Original story posted May 31:

26-year-old female found dead with stab wound to her neck

–On Wednesday, dispatch from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a home in the 600 block of Pomeroy Road in Nipomo. Deputies responded to the residence and found a 26-year-old female dead inside the home with a stab wound to her neck.

At this time, sheriff’s investigators are treating this incident as a suspicious death. One male, believed to be the boyfriend of the victim has been detained for questioning. Sheriff’s detectives are at the location, processing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses.

The investigation is on-going. No further information is available at this time.




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