News Story


Murder in Unincorporated Area Near Ventura
7/23/2014 10:15:00 PM


Nature of Incident:


Report Number:

RB# 14-16690


100 Block of Holt Street (Ventura Unincorporated)

Date & Time:

July 23, 2014 @ approximately 12:45 a.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Patrol / Major Crimes

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(V) Morris, Devin

(S) Lovette, Howard






At approximately 12:45 a.m., deputies responded to a call of a stabbing in the 100 block of Holt Street in the unincorporated area of Ventura.  A fight between two male subjects led to the victim being fatally stabbed.  The victim, Devin Morris, was pronounced dead at the scene.


Major Crimes Detectives conducted numerous interviews and searches, ultimately leading to the identification and arrest of Howard Lovette for the homicide.  Lovette was booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility with a bail of $500,000.00.


Anyone with information about the investigation is encouraged to call Major Crimes, Detective John Gleason at (805) 384-4727.



Prepared by:

Sergeant Denise Sliva


Media Release Date:

July 23, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant John Gleason, (805) 384-4727




Approved by:

Commander Brent Kerr



VenturaCounty Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leadsto the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for thiscrime.  The caller may remainanonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).