Jury deliberations got underway Wednesday in the trial of a 38-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his older brother during a dispute at their family home near Hemet.

Timothy Anthony Condoluci of Hemet could face 26 years to life in state prison if convicted in the 2019 slaying of 41-year-old Michael W. Condoluci, also of Hemet.

The defendant is charged with murder and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon — a knife — in the commission of a felony.

Condoluci allegedly attacked his brother on the night of July 10, 2019, behind their family’s house at 26740 Green Avenue, just south of Highway 74, in a community just east of Hemet known as Green Acres.

According to a trial brief prepared by Deputy District Attorney Josh DeGonia, the two brothers had been at odds on numerous occasions, and family members consistently pointed to the defendant as the aggressor. Three months prior to the deadly attack, Condoluci had threatened to stab his brother in the neck, prompting the victim and his mother to file a restraining order against him, DeGonia alleged.

For reasons unclear to investigators, Condoluci confronted the victim and told him he intended to kill him as the two faced one another adjacent to the residence, according to the prosecution.

Without warning, Condoluci allegedly pulled a hunting knife and plunged it into the victim’s right armpit, then turned and ran. Michael Condoluci managed to stumble to the front porch of the house, where he collapsed, prompting immediate calls to 911.

A deputy who had worked as an emergency medical technician, Garrett Ennis, was the first to reach the location and found the victim bleeding profusely and losing consciousness.

“The victim told Deputy Ennis that the defendant said, `He wanted to kill me,”’ according to the trial brief.

The victim was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where he went into cardiac arrest and died four hours later on the operating table.

A K9 unit picked up Condoluci’s trail, and the defendant was taken into custody without incident near the house. According to the trial brief, he made several spontaneous statements concerning the need to defend himself, even suggesting that his older brother had been armed with a handgun, which was never corroborated.

When a Central Homicide Unit detective spoke with the men’s uncle, he told him that a “long-standing feud” had resulted in repeated physical altercations between the brothers, with Michael Condoluci having to fend off his younger sibling, whom the uncle described as “exhausting” to deal with, according to the prosecution.

Condoluci, who has no documented prior felony convictions, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

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