Sacto 9-1-1
September 3, 2010
Sacramento sheriff: Man arrested in slaying of horse trainer

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

A 26-year-old Antelope man is in custody in Kern County today, accused in the killing of a well-known horse trainer in his Watt Avenue apartment last weekend, according to authorities.

Sheriff's detectives arrested Juan Carlos Orozco at a relative's home in Kern County late Thursday night, said spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran. Detectives allege he is responsible for the death of 69-year-old Galen May, who was found dead in his apartment by a neighbor Saturday afternoon, Curran said.

Orozco, who lived in the same Antelope-area apartment complex as May, was booked in the Kern County jail on suspicion of murder, burglary and resisting arrest, Curran said. Authorities expect him to be transferred to Sacramento County in the coming days.

The Sacramento County coroner's office has not yet determined how May was killed, saying only that a number of factors contributed to his death, Curran said.

Detectives believe he was killed sometime between the morning of Aug. 26 and the afternoon of Aug. 28, when a neighbor discovered his front door ajar and his body on the floor.

Detectives do not know the motive for the killing. Initially, they investigated the possibility that May's affinity for gambling might have played a role, but they have not determined whether that is the case, Curran said.

They allege Orozco stole May's car and found surveillance video of Orozco at a Hayward gas station. When detectives canvassed the apartment complex with that video, a neighbor identified the man driving May's car as Orozco.

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038.

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