A Riverside County thrill killer who slashed a canine proprietor to dying and later fatally stabbed a mom and daughter with out provocation might be in courtroom Tuesday for a penalty trial after he was convicted of three counts of first-diploma homicide.
After deliberating lower than a day, a Murrieta jury discovered 28-yr-previous David Rey Contreras responsible of killing fifty three-yr-previous Jose Apreza, in addition to fifty one- yr-previous Maria Gonzalez and her 25-yr-previous daughter, Consuelo “Connie” Gonzalez, 4 years in the past.
Along with the homicide counts, jurors Wednesday discovered true a particular circumstance allegation of committing a number of murders, setting the stage for Contreras’ penalty trial, which Riverside County Superior Courtroom Decide John Monterosso scheduled to start Tuesday on the Southwest Justice Middle.
The defendant from Perris is being held with out bail on the Southwest Detention Middle.
In accordance with Deputy District Lawyer Dan DeLimon, there was no readily identifiable motive behind the lethal assaults, which seemed to be random acts of violence. He advised Metropolis Information Service in 2015 there was no identifiable motive behind the lethal assaults, referring to preliminary listening to testimony indicating that Contreras was allegedly “going out, strolling the streets, in search of harmless individuals to kill” — probably only for the joys.
The primary deadly assault occurred Dec. 29, 2012, within the space of Evans Street and Orange Avenue in Perris. The sufferer, Apreza, had gone out that morning to stroll his pit bull and was reported lacking by his spouse when he didn’t return inside a number of hours, sheriff’s investigators stated.
One of many deputies dispatched to seek for the lacking man noticed a physique in an open area — later confirmed to be Apreza’s — with a canine standing close by. When the deputy approached, the pit bull lunged at him, prompting the lawman to shoot and kill the animal.
Coroner’s officers later confirmed that the sufferer had been stabbed a number of occasions within the physique, again and thighs. Investigators surmised that his canine was roaming round when the stabbing occurred.
On the night of Feb. four, 2013, Maria Gonzalez and her daughter left their Nuevo residence to take a stroll alongside Central Avenue and a short while later have been confronted by a person, who attacked them each with a knife, in line with investigators. Deputies arrived inside minutes and located the victims mendacity on a sidewalk between Ramona and Rosary avenues.
Connie Gonzalez was pronounced lifeless on the scene. Her mom was transported to Menifee Valley Medical Middle, the place she died lower than an hour later.
Witnesses reported seeing a younger man in darkish clothes fleeing the world and offered particular figuring out particulars — together with the truth that the perpetrator was sporting a again brace just like what a development employee may use — that proved pivotal to the investigation, in line with DeLimon.
Every week later, a deputy parked on Central noticed an…