2 arrested in March homicide in Fairfield

Two people have been arrested for the March shooting death of a man at his Fairfield residence.

Wiley Foster, 29, and Mayra Diaz, 21, of the 7000 block of Fourth Street in West Chester Twp., were taken into custody Thursday and each charged with murder, according to a press release from Fairfield Police.

The are being held in the Butler County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing next week in Fairfield Municipal Court.

Domingo Francisco, 38, was found dead by his roommate at 8:15 p.m. on March 13 in his apartment at the Fairfield Pointe complex. He has been shot at close range, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office report.

More than a month later, police issued a press release saying they were looking for a man they called an acquaintance who was with Francisco at Bargos, a bar at the corner of Dixie Highway and Mack Road, before his death.

That acquaintance was identified, and police were soon in contact with him, said Officer Doug Day, department spokesman. Day said today Foster is not the acquaintance from the bar.

Francisco died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to Dr. Russell Uptegrove, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy. Soot was found on Francisco’s nose and cheek from the gunshot. There were also two abrasions on his right upper arm.

Francisco’s roommate, who also lives with his wife in the apartment, entered his room after Francisco’s brother said he hadn’t been able to reach him. The roommate then called 911.

“I have no idea of what happened,” the roommate, who found Francisco on the floor after he returned home from work said in the call.

The dispatcher asked if Francisco was breathing, and the roommate said, “I don’t think so because I saw his face. There’s a lot of blood in his face.”

He also said he didn’t believe the body was “fresh.” Because of conflicting work schedules, it had been three days since the roommate last saw Francisco.

Police Chief Steve Maynard said in April the public is not in danger because the killing was not a random act.

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