A North Hollywood resident by the name of Ricardo Jimenez was found guilty of murder in the second degree about four years ago. Jimenez stabbed his girlfriend, Maria Jimenez, repeatedly. She subsequently tumbled out of the car in which they were driving on the 210 freeway in Sylmar on August 29th, 2013. Other moving vehicles struck her body ultimately causing her death, as reported by the appellate court panel.
Maria Jimenez was 22 years old at the time of her death and was described as calm and nonviolent, even though her killer was described as the opposite.
The defense petition stated that during the cross-examination of Jimenez, the prosecutor shed light on his prior domestic violence conviction that involved his ex girlfriend. In addition, they also said that the jurors should have been instructed that the accused could have been charged with the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, but were not.
The state's court denied this petition because of the "overwhelming" amount of evidence at hand. Ricardo Jimenez, who turned himself in only two days after the crime had occurred, did not inquire about the condition of his girlfriend, disposed of the weapon and had intentions to leave the country in order to flee from any consequences.
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