Killer Takes The Stand In Maricela Diaz Trial
Court was back in session for the third day in the Maricela Diaz trial.
Wednesday, the jury only heard from one key witness…Diaz’s former boyfriend, Alexander Salgado.
It was a long and grueling day in court, as both the prosecution and the defense struggled to get answers out of Salgado. But before court recessed for lunch, Salgado was willing to talk.
Prosecutor: “Do you remember having a discussion with Maricela that she wanted to stab Jasmine?”
Salgado: “She never said anything like that. I was the one who wanted to stab Jasmine. She never wanted to do any of this. I told her to.”
On the stand Wednesday, Alexander Salgado appeared to go back on what he previously told law enforcement. He pleaded guilty in the case in 2010, but is now saying he solely killed 16-year-old Jasmine Guevara.
And his testimony is revealing shocking details about what happened immediately after Guevara was killed the night of November 10th, 2009.
“I told her, ‘We got to go,’ but she didn’t want to leave the car,” said Salgado. “She was really scared. I told her, ‘You got to leave,’ or else I was going to kill her too.”
Salgado tried to convince the court that the killing was his idea all along.
Prosecutor: “Do you remember telling Maricela something to the effect of, ‘You want to be the killer? Now you got to walk because I wouldn’t do this. I only did it to help you.’ Remember that?”
Salgado: “No, I never told her that.”
Salgado says he didn’t get very much sleep the night of the murder. But he says the aftermath of the murder was even worse for Maricela Diaz.
“She was kind of panicking,” said Salgado. “She didn’t know what to do. But I told her to stay calm.”
Less than three hours into testifying, Salgado became fed up with the grueling questions, and asked the judge to be done for the day.
“You do realize that I don’t care if you guys get your questions answered or whatever it is,” said Salgado. “I don’t care. You know, I’m just done.”
After an hour-long recess this afternoon, the prosecution and the defense came to an agreement that Salgado is ruled “unavailable” for the remainder of the trial.
The Maricela Diaz trial will continue Thursday morning at 9 a.m.