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Arrest warrant issued for Illinois man charged in new bride’s slaying

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:25 a.m. CST
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(Photo by Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune/MCT)
South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force investigators survey the area, including looking into trashcans, around the apartment building where Estrella Carrera was found stabbed to death, Monday, May 14, 2012 in Burbank, Illinois.

CHICAGO (MCT) — An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for an Illinois man charged in the slaying of his new bride a day after the two were married, police said.

Burbank police obtained the warrant in the slaying of Estrella Carrera, 26, seeking the bridegroom, Arnoldo Jimenez, 30, of Chicago, on murder charges, police said in a news release.

The couple was married Friday in Chicago’s City Hall. After the wedding, a group of friends and family had dinner in the city, boarded a rented limousine and spent the evening at a nightclub on the North Side of Chicago.

Carrera and Jimenez were last seen by family about 4 a.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, Carrera was found stabbed to death in a bathtub in her Burbank apartment after family members requested a well-being check after Carrera failed to pick up her two children and no one could reach her or Jimenez.

Carrera was found wearing a silver, sequined cocktail dress, the same dress she wore during the celebration Friday.

“This investigation is still ongoing and will continue until Mr. Jimenez is in custody for this brutal murder,” police said in the release. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Estrella Carrera and especially her small children”

Jimenez was last seen driving a 2006 Maserati sedan. He is described by police as 6 feet tall and weighing 220 pounds.

Jimenez was charged in 2003 with domestic battery, but the complaining witness did not show up in court, according to court records. He also has a conviction for deceptive practices, court records show.

Jimenez is the father of Carrera’s youngest child, a 2-year-old son. She also has a 9-year-old daughter.

The couple’s wedding was a spur-of-the-moment affair, relatives told the Chicago Tribune Monday.

“She didn’t want to tell me she had gotten married,” her cousin Sandy Lopez said Monday. “She didn’t tell anybody besides her father the day before.”

Carrera and the man had an on-and-off relationship for about three years, according to relatives.

“This just happened out of nowhere,” another cousin, Jaime Lopez, said Monday regarding the wedding. “It was so fast I couldn’t even make it to the celebration.”

Tuesday, before the announcement of the warrant, Carrera’s family declined to comment. They could not be reached for comment following the announcement.

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