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Orange : Man Held in Shooting Death of Son-in-Law

A 53-year-old truck driver from Los Alamitos was arrested in connection with the shooting death of his son-in-law, who was found dead on his front lawn in Orange, police said Friday.

James Rovida Jr., who is self-employed, is being held in Orange County Jail on suspicion of murder, according to Dave Hill, an Orange police detective.

The body of Rovida’s son-in-law, Robert Brock, was found on the front lawn of a Quincy Avenue home that Brock shared with his sister shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday, after neighbors heard gunshots and notified police, Hill said.

Hill said investigators are looking into allegations that Brock had been abusive to his wife, Catherine, who was Rovida’s daughter.

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Brock suffered two gunshot wounds, Hill said, possibly from a medium-caliber pistol. Police arrested Rovida hours later, partially on information from neighbors and Brock’s sister about a pickup truck that was seen leaving the scene just after the shooting, Hill said.


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