Deputies arrest Bothwell man accused of murder

Booking photo for Jose Gutierrez-Torres (Courtesy: Box Elder County Jail).

Deputies have arrested a 39-year-old Bothwell man suspected of stabbing a woman to death, before attempting to take his own life. Jose Gutierrez-Torres was booked into the Box Elder County Jail Friday night after being released from a hospital, where he was receiving treatment. He has been charged with murder, a first-degree felony; and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a class-A misdemeanor.

Investigators allege the homicide occurred early on the morning of March 3, at a home near 9860 West 10400 North in Bothwell, east of Tremonton. 911 dispatch operators received a call at about 6:50 a.m. from a third-party individual. He reported that the two people at the home “may have done something stupid.”

When law enforcement arrived they found 53-year-old Maria De Cervantes dead. She had multiple stab wounds. A knife was located near her body.

Torres had a knife wound to his neck. He was treated by paramedics and transported to the hospital, where he underwent surgery. Investigators suspect his injuries were self-inflicted.

Box Elder County Chief Deputy Dale Ward said investigators have determined that Torres and Cervantes had been living together at the time, making this a crime of domestic violence. They are continuing their investigation, and have not released a possible motive of what led to the stabbing.

The home was owned by Cervantes. No one else was at the residence when the stabbing occurred.

Torres is currently being held without bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning in 1st District Court, in Brigham City.

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