Gavin Smith was last seen on May 1, 2012. His body was found Oct. 26, 2014, in Palmdale. On Jan. 29, 2015, a convicted drug dealer was charged with Smith’s murder.
John Lenzie Creech, 42, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
Smith was last seen leaving a friend’s home in eastern Ventura County. His black Mercedes-Benz 420E was found in February 2013 at a Simi Valley storage facility that is connected to Creech. Investigators believe Smith had some kind of relationship with Creech’s wife.
Creech is currently serving an eight-year jail sentence after pleading no contest to one count of sale or transportation for sale of a controlled substance in September 2012.
If Creech is convicted, he faces 25 years to life in state prison.