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December 10, 2012

Merced County murder case the focus of Biography Channel documentary

A television documentary profiling the case of convicted Merced County murderer Laura Hernandez and her family is scheduled to air Thursday on The Biography Channel.

Hernandez's case will be featured as part of the series "The Family That Slays Together." The series profiles documented cases where relatives have committed murder together, according to the Biography Channel's website.

Laura Hernandez, 39, along with her son Erick Camarillo, 22, and Edgar Garcia, 19, were convicted last year of killing Alberto Rodriguez Macias, 40, on March 14, 2010, near Dos Palos. Detectives believe Macias was killed because his wife, Hernandez, sought to benefit from a nearly $1 million life insurance policy.

The program is scheduled to broadcast at 7 p.m. on the West Coast, although viewers should check with their local cable or satellite provider to confirm times.

Merced County Sheriff's detectives Mike Ruiz and Chuck Hale were interviewed as part of the program, in addition to various witnesses. The program also uses actors to recreate crime scenes and various aspects of the murder.

Hernandez, Garcia and Camarillo pleaded no contest to charges last year, as part of a plea agreement with the prosecution.

Hernandez, the ringleader in Macias’ murder, was sentenced to 15-years-to-life on a second-degree murder charge. Garcia, the triggerman who plugged two bullets into Macias’ head, received a sentence of 21 years in prison, on a voluntary manslaughter charge with an enhancement for use of a firearm.

Camarillo, the driver who took the shooter to and from the scene, received six years in prison on a voluntary manslaughter charge.

For more information about the program, visit Biography.com.

— Sun-Star staff

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