A 38-year-old Los Angeles man was charged Tuesday with fatally stabbing a man and kidnapping and stabbing an ex-girlfriend in Santa Ana this weekend.
Teodoro Bernal Nunez, who made his first court appearance on the murder charge Tuesday, was ordered held on $2 million bail. His arraignment was rescheduled for July 8.
Nunez is accused of fatally stabbing 27-year-old Omar Giron Castillo and Nunez’s ex-girlfriend early Saturday. Castillo and the defendant’s ex- girlfriend were friends, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
Nunez pleaded guilty Dec. 1 to battering the woman on Aug. 8. He also pleaded guilty on that same day to another incident of battering the same woman, with whom he was living, on Nov. 28.
“I did knowingly, willfully, and unlawfully inflict corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon Jane Doe, who I was cohabitating with and in a dating relationship at the time,” Nunez said in his guilty plea form.
In both cases he was sentenced to eight days in jail and placed on three years of informal probation. He was also ordered to participate in a treatment program for domestic violence defendants.
Nunez was prohibited from contacting the victim in the Aug. 8 and Nov. 28 incidents.
Police were called to the 1200 block of South Oak Street about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Bertagna. A witness told police a man and woman were stabbed and the female victim was kidnapped, Bertagna said.
The man, who was found stabbed on the front lawn of a residence on that block, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was stabbed once in the chest, and the woman was stabbed in the abdomen, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
“We were out there earlier that day (Friday) when he tried to kidnap her,” Bertagna alleged of Nunez. “Obviously, he was gone when we got there and we started our investigation. Later that night he comes and commits the murder and kidnaps her.”
The woman was expected to survive her injuries but remained hospitalized Tuesday, Bertagna said.
Nunez was arrested following a traffic stop of the SUV he was driving in Brea.
Nunez was charged with murder, domestic battery causing injury with a prior conviction for domestic battery causing injury, and kidnapping, all felonies. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of violating a protective order and sentencing enhancement allegations for the use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury in a domestic violence incident.
Nunez could face more than 41 years to life in prison if convicted at trial.
— Wire reports