Teen makes court appearance for Gilroy man's murder

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
19-year-old Gabriela Ortiz sits in court
A 19-year-old San Jose woman, Gabriela Ortiz, has been arrested on suspicion of homicide. (Feb. 24, 2015/ABC7 News)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A San Jose teenager accused of killing a Gilroy man made her first court appearance on Tuesday.

ABC7 News was there, as 19-year-old Gabriela Ortiz was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Morgan Hill, but did not enter a plea. She has been charged with killing 56-year-old Robert Heiser in his Gilroy home a week ago.

The coroner says Heiser died of blunt force trauma. Authorities are giving few details on the murder. Ortiz is also charged with robbery. Police say she's seen on a convenience store surveillance video using the victim's credit card.

"If we couldn't prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, we would not have filed the case. So we feel confident that the case is provable," Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Daniel Carr said.

Gilroy police say Ortiz may have participated in similar crimes in other Bay Area cities. Investigators are still looking for the second woman in the surveillance video.