A California man has been taken into custody for killing his wife to prevent her from testifying as a witness in two domestic violence cases against him, prosecutors said.
“Heather Gumina was a witness to a crime and was intentionally killed to prevent her from testifying in a criminal proceeding,” the complaint states, according to the station.
Anthony Gumina was arrested on Friday as detectives examining an area in El Dorado County discovered the remains of his wife who was reported missing in mid-July.
A woman, who was friends with both Gumina and his wife, Heather Gumina Waters, she appeared to court dressed in pink to show support for Gumina Waters and to raise awareness of domestic abuse.
“Whether or not he did it, I’m going to be here for support for her because she was a loving soul and she’s gone. Nobody can bring her back,” she said.
Chief Assistant District Attorney, Joe Alexander, said to NBC News that the crime was related to two felony domestic violence cases where Heather was the victim.
The complaint declares that authorities consider Heather was killed on or about July 16, three days before she was reported lost.
Police stated in July that Heather disappeared from the Pleasant Valley area about 54 miles east of Sacramento and may have been driving her black 2005 Infiniti coupe. The car was discovered in August in El Dorado County.
Gumina had earlier sentences for possessing and trading methamphetamine, according to NBC affiliate KCRA. His first court appearance was on Tuesday and is scheduled to be arraigned on September 26.