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3 Charged in 13-Year-Old Wis. Murder Case

March 13, 2003 GMT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) _ Three people have been arrested in the 13-year old rape and murder of a social worker who terminated the parental rights of one of the suspects.

Connie Reyes, 57, was found dead in her home April 14, 1990. The medical examiner’s office determined that she died of asphyxia by strangulation.

Gaylord Gomaz, 48, of Kenosha, was charged Wednesday with first-degree intentional homicide. Chester Gulan, 62, of Tupelo, Miss., was named in a warrant accusing him of first-degree murder.

Bond was set at $5 million for Gomaz and $1 million for Gulan, who was to be extradited to Kenosha from Mississippi.

The woman whose rights to her three children had been terminated by Reyes was expected to be formally charged Thursday in Kenosha County Circuit Court.

Law enforcement officials said Gulan told his wife just weeks ago about the alleged murder, and she and a female friend then contacted police. Detectives then interviewed Gulan and questioned the other suspects.

At a news conference announcing the arrests, Lynn Copen, director of the county’s victim-witness program, said social workers go to visit Reyes’ grave each year.

``This year when we got to Connie’s grave site we can at least share with her this news,″ she said.