An Iowa man got his hands on a machete and went on a killing spree at his girlfriends house, ending up with three mutilated victims last October. Carlos Hernandez-Ventura, 25, now stands trial.
Hernandez-Ventura, had apparently first maimed and then killed his girlfriend, cutting off her arm before killing her. He admitted to the court that she begged him for her life, telling her she loved him. He then turned the machete on her 78 year old landlord. After killing him, he went for the 14-year-old daughter that lived in the house.
With the help of a translator in a court room, “Hernandez-Ventura told the DCI agent that he attacked De Leake, 34, her 14-year-old daughter and their 78-year-old landlord, Juan Jimenez Tejada, from behind,” reports the Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail reports:
A man sliced his girlfriend to death with a machete as she told him she loved him before going on to kill her daughter and landlord, a court has heard.
Carlos Hernandez-Ventura, 25, is accused of killing Lourdes Flor De Leake, 34, her 14-year-old daughter and their 78-year-old landlord, Juan Jimenez Tejada in a horror machete attack last year, on October 29.
The knife-wielding attacker chopped off De Leake’s hand before killing her and his other two victims – admitting later to police that De Leake begged him to stop and told him she loved him.
During Hernandez-Ventura’s trial yesterday in Adel, Iowa, Iowa State Patrol Sgt. David Saldivar told the court that Hernandez-Ventura, admitted what had happened in an emergency room interview after the attack, reports the Des Moines Register.
Saldivar was called in to translate between Spanish-speaking Hernandez-Ventura and an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agent, who was interviewing Hernandez-Ventura at the hospital.
According to Saldivar, Hernandez-Ventura told the DCI agent that he attacked De Leake, 34, her 14-year-old daughter and their 78-year-old landlord, Juan Jimenez Tejada, from behind.
As he hacked at Leake’s head and neck, Hernandez-Ventura told police that Leake — a mother of three — raised her hands up and exclaimed, ‘I love you, why are you doing this?’
ssistant Dallas County Attorney Sean Wieser, in his opening statement on Tuesday, noted that one of her hands was chopped off during the attack.
Saldivar also testified that Hernandez-Ventura claimed that Leake was his first target. After he killed her in her bedroom, he tracked down and attacked Tejada in the kitchen.
‘He said that Juan [Tejada] hadn’t noticed the attack in the bedroom,’ Saldivar said. ‘He used the same machete and attacked him from the rear as well.’
Cops and medics found Tejada alive and airlifted him to a hospital in Des Moines, according to 13WHOTV. He later died from his injuries.
After attacking Tejada, Hernandez-Ventura said he ran into Leake’s daughter, Melany Barraza, in the hallway. He said that she had been in the shower during the first two attacks and that he struck her with the machete when she turned away from him.
During testimony on Tuesday, Perry police officer Lourdes Clay told jurors that it looked as though Barraza had been partially decapitated, while her arm appeared to have been severed at the elbow. She noted that cops found the machete on a chair inside the house, according to the Des Moines Register.
After the slayings, Hernandez-Ventura took Leake’s Honda Pilot and drove it 13 miles across the border from Clinton, Iowa, until the car ran out of gas, according to Saldivar.
He was then taken into custody and sent to a hospital in Morrison, Illinois, where he was interviewed.