On January 21st, 2021

California DOJ Criminalists Assist with Processing Homicide Scene in Ukiah Suspect arrested at scene

Jeremiah Luna

UKIAH- On January 19, 2020, criminalists from the California Department of Justice Bureau of Forensics Santa Rosa and Eureka Labs were called upon to assist in a homicide investigation involving a victim who had been stabbed.

At about 5:00 a.m. the Ukiah Police Department Dispatch Center and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center began receiving calls regarding a stabbing on Laws Avenue in Ukiah. Upon their arrival, law enforcement officers located Jordan Luna in a second story apartment suffering from stab wounds.

Jordan Luna’s brother, Jeremiah Luna, was also located inside the apartment and was detained by responding law enforcement officers.  Emergency medical personnel arrived, and confirmed Jordan Luna was deceased.

During the investigation, detectives determined there was enough probable cause to arrest Jeremiah Luna for murder (187 PC). Jeremiah Luna was identified as a parolee and a parole hold was issued based on this incident. Jeremiah Luna was booked into the Mendocino County Jail.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation.

In a press release, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office extended its appreciation to Medstar Ambulance, the Ukiah Police Department, the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office, and the DOJ Bureau of Forensics Santa Rosa and Eureka Labs for their assistance related to this investigation.

“California DOJ criminalists are excellent at their jobs of processing crime scenes and evidence,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.  “We know that this kind of work can take a toll on them and thank them for their professionalism.  Their work in the lab and testifying in court is second to none!”


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