A state appeals courtroom panel Thursday upheld a former North Hollywood resident’s conviction for the August 2013 demise of his girlfriend, who was stabbed in a shifting automotive after which run over by a number of automobiles after leaping out of it on the Foothill (210) Freeway in Sylmar.
The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Courtroom of Attraction discovered there was “overwhelming proof” of Ricardo Jimenez’s guilt within the Aug. 29, 2013, dying of Maria “Josie” Jimenez, to whom he was not associated.
The bodily proof confirmed that Jimenez repeatedly stabbed his 22-yr- previous girlfriend, inflicting 14 incise wounds to her arms and two to her higher again, the justices famous.
The lady — whom Deputy District Lawyer Elena Camaras Abramson argued jumped from the shifting car to attempt to escape from her boyfriend — was subsequently struck by a number of automobiles and vans.
She died from blunt drive traumatic accidents and incise accidents, in response to the appellate courtroom panel’s 31-web page ruling.
Jimenez was convicted of second-diploma homicide for her dying, with jurors discovering true an allegation that he had personally used a knife in the course of the fee of the crime.
The appellate courtroom panel rejected the protection’s rivalry that the trial courtroom erred in permitting the prosecutor to query Jimenez throughout cross- examination about his misdemeanor home violence conviction involving a former girlfriend, together with Jimenez’s declare that jurors ought to have been instructed on the lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter.
The justices famous that Jimenez had displayed a knife whereas at a tattoo parlor together with his girlfriend, and that three individuals on the enterprise collectively testified that her boyfriend was belligerent, utilizing profanity in the direction of her and insulting her whereas she remained non-violent and calm.
The purple Toyota Corolla, which belonged to the sufferer, was later discovered deserted within the Foothill space and had her blood on the passenger aspect of the car, authorities stated.
Ricardo Jimenez — who subsequently advised a former girlfriend that he needed to flee to Tijuana or Las Vegas — by no means inquired about his girlfriend’s situation and didn’t flip himself in to police till two days later, in response to the ruling.
The appellate courtroom panel famous that there was “proof of consciousness of guilt, specifically, appellant’s flight from the murder scene, disposal of Maria’s automotive, want to flee the nation, and disposal of the murder weapon,” and that proof about his prior acts of home violence towards two former girlfriends “demonstrated that appellant had a sample of bodily abusing ladies.
—Metropolis Information Service
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