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Knife, note lead to murder conviction

Fayette County prosecutor Warren Sellers briefly displayed a large kitchen knife Thursday as he argued that Jesus Ojeda Jimenez should be convicted for brutally stabbing his wife nine times and then leaving her to die in front of their three young children at the Landmark Mobile Home Park Jan. 20.

While that knife was the instrument that killed Liliana Ruiz, it also helped convict Jimenez for the heinous crime. After turning himself in to authorities, Jimenez admitted to Fayette County detectives that he had used the knife to stab Ruiz.

A Fayette County jury found Jimenez guilty of all six counts: malice murder, felony murder, three counts of cruelty to children in the first degree and one count of possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus an additional 40 years in prison, by Fayette County Superior Court Judge Robert Mack Crawford.

The jury learned that Jimenez left behind a note, written in Spanish, that asked for forgiveness and also for someone to care for his children.

Defense attorney Marco Corales argued that Jimenez should be found not guilty of the murder charges and instead found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. Corales said Jimenez flew into a rage after Ruiz returned home from having dinner with another man whom Jimenez suspected of having an affair with his wife.

Sellers, the prosecutor, noted that the case didn’t qualify for that lower charge because the note, along with the fact that Jimenez laid in wait — with a knife in his hand — for Ruiz to come home, was plenty of evidence to prove the crime was premeditated and not a spontaneous reaction.

The jury also heard the 911 call for help made by the couple’s 9-year-old son, who had run to a neighbor’s home to call for help.

“My dad stabbed my mom,” the child told a 911 operator in a recording played for the jury Tuesday. “... We need an ambulance. It’s an emergency.”

Jurors also saw the photos from the blood-soaked seat of the vehicle Ruiz had exited just prior to the attack. The knife pierced Ruiz’s jugular vein, her lungs and her liver, Sellers said.

During the attack, the couple’s oldest son, then 11, tried to stop his father to no avail, as he was pushed back by Jimenez, Sellers added.

When a neighbor came outside and scared Jimenez off, it left the 11-year-old boy to pull the knife from his mother, the prosecutor said.

“He held her as she drew her last breath,” Sellers told the jury.

Jimenez had been deported from the United States in April 2010: two months after he pled guilty to striking Ruiz multiple times in a November, 2009 assault that left her with a number of bruises and abrasions all over her body, a swollen eye and a bloody nose, according to the sheriff’s incident report.

Det. Wendy Moulder of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office served as the lead investigator in the case.



And Obama wants to keep immigrants here. Hmmm.

"The law should stop punishing innocent young people whose parents brought them here illegally and give those young men and women a chance to stay in this country if they serve in the military or pursue higher education. A smart 21st century system should also provide farmers a legal way to hire the workers they rely on year after year, and it should improve procedures for employers who seek to hire foreign workers for jobs if U.S. workers are not available."

Yeah we should totally give them a chance dude. Totally anonymous people without social security numbers or a language that our country understands should just stay for free and enjoy the freedoms that our men fought for and continue fighting for. Why not? The drive Yukons and shop with EBT cards that we pay for through our paychecks, which is taken out because we work hard to pay taxes so that immigrants can eat. I can't even afford to buy a 1999 used Honda, but the immigrants down the street have a Yukon on 22's. Makes a lot of sense. They can kill, murder, rape, beat, and steal whatever they want and get deported, then run across the border and come back. They can take the risks because there is no repercussion, they get deported and then crawl back over the line-what a punishment! I wish that when I was younger, my mom just told me to outside and walk back in whenever I did something wrong. Yay Obama! Right?

Romney sucks.
Obama sucks.
We are doomed.

Our country is so stupid that it is embarrassing. It really is, I feel like entertainment for the rest of the world. We obsess over material possesiions while they invent nuclear weapons and rocket ships. We are so lame.

Someone PLEASE put a woman in the White House!!! It could be like Wife Swap, just try it out for 1 week! I bet the whole world would be in perfect harmony.

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