Two Suspects in Custody in Madera Teen Murder

December 22, 2008 2:03:56 PM PST
Two young people are in custody for the brutal killing of a Madera teenager.Police made the arrests Tuesday night January 15th. Officers took 19-year-old Dustin Gran and a 16-year-old girl into custody. They're suspected in the death of 18-year-old Krista-Rae Pike.

Police believe this murder was about the 16-year-old suspect getting revenge on her former boyfriend. The other suspect, Dustin Gran, has been booked into the Madera County Jail on homicide and conspiracy charges. He is being held on $1-million dollars bail for a crime that's shaken up the Madera community.

Police say jealousy over a teenage romance was the apparent motive for the bludgeoning death of an 18-year-old Madera teen. Two suspects are now in custody. Police say 19-year old Dustin Gran and his 16-year old girlfriend planned Krista-Rae Pike's murder.

Family and friends hugged each other and cried when they got the news about the arrests Tuesday night.

Krista-Rae's father, Russell Pike said, "It's unbelievable in this day and age that this could happen in young relationships."

Pike's fiancé Thomas Hollier says he once dated the 16-year old suspect, but broke up with her when Pike moved back to Madera.

"They had a big beef between them. Krista, that's the way she is, since she won't hold a grudge, she tried being friends with her" said Hollier.

Hollier found her body inside his family's home Monday afternoon. He says the suspects had just been to the house the day before.

Krista-Rae's sister, Alexandria said, "There are no words to explain the pain that they've put my family and her friends through."

Family and friends are planning a candle light vigil for Pike at Town and Country Park in Madera on Wednesday night at 5:30.

The district attorney expects the 16-year old suspect will be charged as an adult. Detectives say she told a friend about killing Pike and that friend came to police.


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