A Costa Mesa man and his brother on Friday pleaded not guilty to murder after DNA evidence linked them to a woman's body found in Irvine that was burned beyond recognition.
Gabino Baldivia-Guzman, 32, and his brother Zenaido Baldivia-Guzman, 25, of Santa Ana, were charged with murdering a woman in September 2009. At Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, they pleaded not guilty to the special-circumstances charge of murder during commission of a kidnapping.
Irvine police Lt. Barry Aninag told the Daily Pilot last November that Gabino Baldivia-Guzman was driving his van through Santa Ana when he picked up a prostitute. The woman did not see the younger brother when she got in the van and panicked at the site of him, Aninag said.