Plea in Cold Case Murder/Rape in Oxnard

Vincent Mackey (DOB 10/17/63), of Los Angeles, pleaded no contest on March 22, 2017, to one count of first degree murder, three special circumstance allegations for murder committed during the commission of rape, burglary, and prior conviction for murder, as well as a special allegation for personal use of a knife.

On September 28, 1985, 19-year-old Isabel Hernandez was found dead in an apartment located in the 900 block of West Gonzales Road in Oxnard. She had been stabbed 11 times in the upper torso and had been raped. Several hours later, after Oxnard Police Department detectives had concluded their investigation and cleared the scene, then 22-year-old Vincent Mackey was seen burglarizing the apartment where the victim had been murdered. However, due to a lack of evidence and reliable witnesses, no charges were filed against Mackey, and the case went cold.

In 2014, Oxnard Police Detective Mike Young of the Ventura County Cold Case Task Force re-opened the case and submitted several items of evidence to the Ventura County Crime Lab for DNA testing. A single-source DNA profile was identified on all items of evidence that was identical to Vincent Mackey.

A criminal complaint for the murder of Isabel Hernandez was filed against Mackey on March 21, 2016, who was already serving life without the possibility of parole for the 1986 murder of James Sprigg in El Rio. Sentencing for Mackey is set for April 20, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 46 of the Ventura Superior Court, County of Ventura, where he will be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

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One Response to Plea in Cold Case Murder/Rape in Oxnard

  1. William Hicks March 23, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Willthis plea be a means to not be sentenced to a death penalty? Too many plea bargains are to receive reduced charges. That’s how obama justified releasing known violent criminals when they plead to receive reduced charges.


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