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Third person charged in grisly SW Side killing, dismemberment

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Updated: January 31, 2014 6:23AM

Seven months ago, Milton Miranda allegedly lay in wait while his 19-year-old girlfriend stripped for a man she had lured to her family’s Southwest Side home.

If all went according to plan, the couple’s “problem” would soon be dead.

Moments later, Miranda burst through Daisy Gutierrez’s bedroom door, attacking Jose Reyes with a pipe and slitting his throat with a knife, authorities said.

On Sunday, Miranda was charged with first-degree murder and ordered held without bond. He had been in custody in Morristown, N.J., since October, and he was extradited to Chicago on Saturday.

Miranda is the third person charged in connection with the grisly murder May 21 murder, which police think centered around a love triangle. Daisy Gutierrez and her father, Salvador Gutierrez, 56, were charged in October.

Authorities have not said what exactly possessed the couple to allegedly plot Reyes’ death.

But prosecutors said Daisy Gutierrez had children with Reyes’ brother. And Jose Reyes, 28, apparently had expressed an interest in her, calling the pregnant waitress on her cellphone.

Prosecutors say Gutierrez enticed Reyes to the family home near 83rd and Scottsdale and took him to her bedroom on May 21. After removing her clothes, she looked on as Miranda attacked Reyes, authorities said.

When it was done, Gutierrez called her father and told him she had “fixed the problem,” prosecutors said. Her father came home, and the couple allegedly persuaded him to help them get rid of the body.

Salvador Gutierrez watched while Miranda dismembered Reyes, prosecutors alleged in October. Then Salvador Gutierrez spent three hours digging a hole in the backyard of the home and helped bury the remains in plastic bags, prosecutors said.

The next day, his daughter and Miranda fled to New Jersey. But Reyes’ remains were found in October

An autopsy determined that his death was caused by “multiple sharp force injuries” and “assault,” according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.


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