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Warrant released of East Haven murder suspect

Jara-Acupina is charged with the death of his longtime girlfriend, and mother of his child Lizzbeth Aleman-Popoca.
Credit: East Haven Police
East Haven Police charged Jonathan Jara-Aucapina, age 27, with the murder of Lizzbeth Aleman-Popoca.

EAST HAVEN, Conn. — FOX61 obtained the redacted arrest warrant for Jonathan Jara-Acupina, accused of the murder of a 27-year-old mother from East Haven.

Jara-Acupina is charged with the death of his longtime girlfriend, and mother of his child Lizzbeth Aleman-Popoca.

According to the warrant, there is text message evidence of an argument between the two the night before Aleman-Popoca went missing. Police also claim Jara-Acupina murdered her at her home, then put her body in the trunk of her car.

The next day, Jara-Acupina allegedly returned and drove it to Home Depot where he purchased a shovel.

Police say he then drove to Lamonaco's restaurant in Branford, where Jara-Acupina worked and buried her body in a shallow grave near the restaurant parking lot.

Jara-Acupina is charged with murder and is being held on a two million dollar bond.

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