Murder Suspect Allegedly Reveals Motive For Bethany Missionary Murder/Arson

Monday, April 6th 2015, 6:09 pm
By: News 9

Late Saturday afternoon, a tactical team raided a duplex in the 2400 hundred block of S. McKinley and found the man they were looking for the past two weeks.

They arrested Selvin Gonzalez, 37, of Guatemala, inside.

Pictures showed he has severe burns to his face and hands, but authorities weren't taking any chances and were fully armed when they raided the duplex.

“We didn't know if Gonzalez was going to put up a fight, if he had any weapons since he obviously knew we were going to arrest him on a First Degree Murder complaint,” said Jessica Brown with the OSBI, who aided in the murder investigation.

The tactical team also arrested Miguel Martinez, 40, of Oklahoma City as an accessory after the fact.

Turns out Martinez lived at the duplex and was allowing Gonzalez to stay with him.

4/5/2015 Related Story: Police In Bethany Arrest Two Men For Murder Of Missionary

Monday the landlord's wife allowed us to take a look inside.

There wasn't much there, but there was evidence that Gonzalez tried to treat the burns on his own.

“And he has numerous deep burns throughout his body, including his face his hands and his legs," said Brown.

It was exactly two weeks ago that firefighters arrived to the Bethany home in the 6800 block of N.W. 24th Street and found fire damage throughout and a man's body inside. They called in police, who determined there was foul play involved, after finding blood on the walls and floor.

3/23/2015 Related Story: Police: Body Found After Bethany House Fire

The house belongs to a nearby church, and the pastor there said he can't understand why anyone would want to hurt Ruiz, the Mexican missionary who was staying there at his invitation.

Court papers stated at the hospital Gonzalez confessed to investigators that he killed Jose Luis Ruiz by beating him, stabbing him, and slashing his throat. He then admitted he poured gasoline on the body and the house and then set them both on fire. He claimed he did it because Ruiz owed him $2,000, and was trying to extort his wife for several thousand more.

Gonzalez was still in the hospital Monday being treated for the burns on his body, but once healed, he will then be booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.