Not guilty plea from man accused of killing acquaintance, severe - San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com

Not guilty plea from man accused of killing acquaintance, severely injuring her 8-year-old child

Posted: Updated:

VISTA (CNS) - A Vista man accused of fatally stabbing an acquaintance and critically wounding her 8-year-old daughter in the victims' San Marcos apartment pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of premeditated murder and attempted murder.

Judge Marshall Hockett ordered 28-year-old Daniel Hernandez held in lieu of $5 million bail, calling him a danger to the community.

Hernandez faces life in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Tracy Prior.

Sheriff's deputies went to a unit in the Whispering Oaks Apartment complex on North Twin Oaks Valley Road about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday and found 41-year-old Antonia Marie Duran dead of multiple stab wounds and her 8-year-old daughter, Azalya, badly injured, homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.

Prior alleged Hernandez, who had met Duran a couple months earlier at a car wash, went to her apartment the day of the murder with the intent to kill her.

The defendant searched the apartment to make sure no one else was there, finding only Azalya asleep in her room, Prior said.

The girl woke up while Hernandez was allegedly stabbing the victim and screamed, "Leave my mother alone," the prosecutor said. Not wanting to leave a witness, Hernandez then attacked the girl, stabbing her 26 times in the liver, kidney and pancreas, Prior alleged.

As she was being taken to the hospital, the girl said "I don't want to die," according to Prior, who said the child is expected to live but is in a medically induced coma.

Prior said Duran's adult son found his mother and sister lying in a pool of blood after seeing the defendant run from the apartment. Duran was stabbed 22 times, Prior said, though a motive for the attack was unclear.

Hernandez was located at a nearby laundromat, washing the clothes he had been wearing, including a sweatshirt, shoes and other clothing, Prior alleged.

The prosecutor said blood and other physical evidence links Hernandez to the attack. She said two bloody knives were found inside the victims' apartment.

A week before the murder, Hernandez trashed his parents' home and was arrested for being under the influence of an unknown drug, according to Prior, who said the defendant has previous convictions for domestic violence, assault and misdemeanor burglary from Washington state.

Hernandez will be back in court Jan. 7 for a preliminary hearing.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Court rules against plan to fund convention center expansion

    Court rules against plan to fund convention center expansion

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:28:40 GMT
    Just a week after Comic-Con International, San Diego's bid to keep the huge annual trade show in town was dealt a severe setback Friday when a state appellate court struck down the mechanism being used to fund a $520 million expansion of the convention center. 
    Just a week after Comic-Con International, San Diego's bid to keep the huge annual trade show in town was dealt a severe setback Friday when a state appellate court struck down the mechanism being used to fund a $520 million expansion of the convention center. 
  • Man accused in bogus charitable website faces judge

    Man accused in bogus charitable website faces judge

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:16:35 GMT
    A man accused of trying to bilk charitable people via a bogus website soliciting monetary contributions for the family of an Escondido police officer killed in an alleged domestic shooting pleaded not guilty Friday to nine felony charges, including forgery. 
    A man accused of trying to bilk charitable people via a bogus website soliciting monetary contributions for the family of an Escondido police officer killed in an alleged domestic shooting pleaded not guilty Friday to nine felony charges, including forgery. 
  • Not guilty plea from man accused in El Cajon road rage assault

    Not guilty plea from man accused in El Cajon road rage assault

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:16:11 GMT
    A La Mesa resident accused of severely beating a 76-year-old man during a road-rage confrontation outside an East County drugstore, leaving him with injuries that required several rounds of surgery, pleaded not guilty Friday to elder abuse and assault charges. 
    A La Mesa resident accused of severely beating a 76-year-old man during a road-rage confrontation outside an East County drugstore, leaving him with injuries that required several rounds of surgery, pleaded not guilty Friday to elder abuse and assault charges. 
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.