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Published on June 11, 2024
San Jose Resident Arrested and Charged in 2017 Cold Case Homicide After Persistent SJPD InvestigationSource: San José Police Department

After years of investigative work, the San Jose Police Department (SJPD) has made a breakthrough in a cold-case homicide from 2017. William Vellmure Jr., 33, a resident of San José, was arrested on June 5, for the murder that took place on South 1st Street and Edwards Avenue, a case that was left unsolved for seven years. According to the San José Police Department, Vellmure was apprehended by the Covert Response Unit and has now been charged with the crime.

The original incident occurred on May 18, 2017, when San José officers responding to gunshots found an adult male victim with a fatal gunshot wound. In the immediate aftermath, no suspects were identified, but the recent arrest was made possible due to the diligent efforts of the SJPD Homicide Unit and new evidence that surfaced during their protracted investigation. Official statements noted that the suspect was later booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for murder.

Acting Chief of Police Paul Joseph highlighted the commitment of the investigative team to bringing the suspect to justice. "The closure of this seven-year-old murder was a direct result of the persistence and determination of our Homicide Detectives, as well as the assistance from the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Cold Case Unit," stated Joseph in a press release shared by San José Police Department. The role of Sergeant Martinez and Detective Jorgensen in this prolonged case was specifically commended for their "relentless dedication."

The motive behind the 2017 shooting is still being investigated, and SJPD urges anyone with information to come forward. The department has offered multiple avenues for tips, including the P3TIPS mobile app and the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers Program, where individuals can report anonymously and may be eligible for a financial reward if their information leads to an arrest. Future updates on the case and further details will be monitored as the legal process unfolds.