NEAR PHILOMATH, Ore. -- Authorities say he killed his one year old baby along with the mother of his child. Now 20-year-old Gustavo David Martinez Aquepuncho faces three aggravated murder charges for the double homicide near Philomath.
Authorities are continuing the investigation after finding the bodies of 19-year-old Kelsey Baker and their one year old son Theo inside a home after they were both stabbed to death. Neighbors tell KVAL News police arrived at the house Friday evening around 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. Neighbors say Kelsey Baker and the suspect were house guests at the residence for about a month.
Baker was a 2009 graduate of Philomath High School. Neighbors say Aquepuncho was an exchange student who moved to Oregon when he was in high school.
According to the Oregon Revised Statues, Aquepuncho faces three aggravated murder charges for allegedly killing two separate victims during the same crime and because one of the victims of the intentional homicide was under 14 years old.
"There will be one count of aggravated murder filed in regards to the death of Kelsey Baker. There will be one count also filed with respect to the death of baby Theo. There will be an alternative county separate theory for baby Theo based on the age," said Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson.
"By Oregon law, if you commit the crime of murder and the victim is under 14 years of age -- and in this case baby Theo was one-year-old -- than that constitutes aggravated murder," Haroldson said. Haroldson also said committing more than one death in the same "criminal episode" also constitutes aggravated murder.
Neither Haroldson nor the Benton County Sheriff's Office would say when or where authorities arrested Aquepuncho. According to the Benton County Sheriff's Office, "deputies responding to a call found two people dead in a home near Philomath." Authorities would not say why deputies were called to the home initially.
Aquepuncho faces arraignment Monday in Benton County. Aggravated murder carries a maximum sentence of the death penalty, but Haroldson says it's too early in the investigation to determine if his office will seek that punishment.