McKinleyville homicide suspect to be arraigned Wednesday

Male victim not yet identified by law enforcement


A man arrested over the weekend on suspicion of murder will be arraigned Wednesday at the Humboldt County Superior Court.

Brian John Leitieritz, 40, was arrested over the weekend after law enforcement responded early Saturday morning to a reported stabbing on the 1100 block of Boss Road in McKinleyville, a residential street found a mile away from the McKinleyville Baptist Church.

“Deputies were familiar with the residence, and some of the involved individuals, as there have been repeated calls for service at that location in the recent past,” the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office stated in a release.


Responding deputies were unable to revive the victim on site. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. He is not yet identified.

Leiteritz was charged with murder and booked into the Humboldt County jail. He is being held on $1 million bail, according to jail staff.

Multiple calls to the sheriff’s office requesting more information on the incident were not returned either Sunday or Monday.

Leiteritz previously pleaded guilty in 2012 to felony assault and battery misdemeanor, according to Humboldt County court records. He was sentenced to three years probation and 40 hours of community service.

His arraignment is set for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The district attorney’s office has not yet officially filed a complaint because it hasn’t received a report from the sheriff’s office, District Attorney Maggie Fleming said in an email.

Shomik Mukherjee can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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