SANTA ANA, California -- A 63-year-old man from Lodi was behind bars Wednesday on charges of fatally stabbing a transgender woman in Santa Ana in 1989.
Doug Gutridge, arrested Dec. 9 and held on $1 million bail, made his first appearance in court Thursday when his arraignment was put off until Jan. 2.
Gutridge, charged with one count of murder, is accused of killing 35-year-old Carla Leigh Salazar on June 28, 1989, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Larry Yellin.
Gutridge and Salazar were acquaintances, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.