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Man suspected in San Jose woman’s killing found dead in Merced County

A man with a history of domestic aggression conviction, and being sought in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend

A man suspected in a San Jose woman’s killing found dead in Merced County

 

The authorities said a  man with a history of domestic aggression conviction, and being sought in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend last weekend at a Milpitas hotel, has himself been found dead in a hotel room in the Central Valley.

The Kevin James Gitmed, 35, of Gilroy was tracked down Wednesday night to a hotel in Merced County, where detectives and other law enforcement officers told him to come out of a room, according to Milpitas police.

Kevin James Gitmed, 35, of Gilroy, is wanted in connection with the shooting death of a 40-year-old San Jose woman in Milpitas on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, police said.

Gitman did not respond, and when authorities entered the room, he was found dead.

Monday,The police identified him as as suspect in the fatal shooting of 40-year-old San Jose resident Cassandra Inocencio at the Hilton Garden Inn in Milpitas on Saturday night. A $20,000 reward was offered by Mothers Against Murder when Gitmed was still at large.

According to the court records, Gitmed had been twice convicted of domestic violence charges, the latest involving him pleading no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge in August 2019.

Family and friends confirmed that Gitmed and Inocencio dated a few years ago and asserted that he was stalking or harassing her and that she had filed for a protective order against him.

She was absolutely a family person, said Jeanine Barron, her cousin. She was the funniest person ever and made everyone laugh with the way she talked and told stories.

The Barron said  Inocencio, a San Jose native, and Piedmont Hills High School alum, also had a successful side gig knitting blankets that she sold online.

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