A person who beheaded his girlfriend with a samurai sword on the street in California has been convicted of first-degree homicide.
Jose Rafael Solano Landaeta, 34, was discovered responsible of the brutal crime which occurred within the metropolis of San Carlos, in San Mateo County in September 2022.
He killed his associate Karina Castro, the mother of his then-one-year-old daughter, exterior her condo, reportedly on account of an argument over Snapchat messages.
On the time of the homicide, native media reported that Castro was beheaded by a sword within the assault, with extra cuts throughout her physique and quite a few cuts on her neck.
The decision was returned on Monday in a Redwood Metropolis courtroom, in California.
In line with KGO-TV, Landaeta and Castro have been in an ongoing relationship, however legislation enforcement sources mentioned that the sufferer had taken out a short lived restraining order in opposition to the suspect in April 2022.
Relations of the sufferer advised the outlet that Landaeta was schizophrenic and on treatment. His household reportedly confirmed this by means of his legal professional.
Each legislation enforcement and Castro’s household say that Landaeta had been violent with Castro, main her to request the restraining order. The San Mateo District Lawyer mentioned Castro by no means referred to as police when Solano violated the order.
Following the incident DA Steve Wagstaffe mentioned he was not “under no circumstances crucial” of Castro for not having alerted authorities.
“There’s one thing referred to as the cycle of home violence and that is one of them,” he mentioned.
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Eamonn Allen mentioned deputies who responded to the scene have been upset “based mostly on the character of the crime,” and have been receiving help. Witnesses have been additionally supplied counseling, he mentioned.
“There have been some civilians that did see it and people folks have been traumatised in their very own proper by seeing this horrific crime,” Mr Wagstaffe later added.
In line with KGO-TV, who later interviewed Landaeta in jail, he admitted to killing Castro, however claimed it had been in self-defence.
Landaeta might face 26 years to life in jail, in keeping with Mr Wagstaffe.