A woman accused of fatally stabbing a 54-year-old man in Perris was charged Monday with murder, while her younger sister was charged as an accessory for allegedly aiding her sibling afterward.
Jessica Taylor Bratschi, 24, and Erica Nicole Bratschi, 19, both of Perris, were arrested Thursday following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the slaying of Samuel Coronado of Moreno Valley.
Along with murder, Jessica Bratschi is charged with a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. Her sister is charged with being an accessory after the fact.
They’re each being held in lieu of $80,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and were slated to make a joint initial court appearance Monday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice. Jessica Bratschi’s bail is expected to be increased to $1 million, and Erica Bratschi’s will likely be lowered to $5,000, according to court documents.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Carroll said that about 12:15 a.m. Thursday, Jessica Bratschi was involved in an undisclosed dispute with Coronado in the 400 block of Wilkerson Avenue, near East Fourth Street.
During the encounter, Jessica Bratschi allegedly pulled a knife and stabbed the victim, according to the criminal complaint.
Deputies and paramedics were called to the location and found Coronado unconscious, suffering grave wounds, Carroll said.
Rescue personnel attempted life-saving measures, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
Carroll said Central Homicide detectives tracked down the defendants on North Perris Boulevard and took them into custody without incident.
Court records show Jessica Bratschi has several unresolved misdemeanor cases pending in Superior Court, but no felony convictions. Her sister has no documented misdemeanor of felony convictions in Riverside County.