For hours, Carlos Torres told detectives, his new girlfriend and his parents the same thing.
He insisted the 17-year-old mother of his little girl stabbed herself to death, Pima County’s chief criminal deputy county attorney Kellie Johnson told jurors Wednesday.
Even when detectives told him Ignacia Aranda suffered 19 to 25 stab wounds to her face and throat, Torres, then 19, said she killed herself in a fit of jealousy, Johnson said.
It wasn’t until two months later that Torres came clean with his parents in telephone conversations from the jail, Johnson said.
Torres admitted he lost his temper and stabbed her to death, Johnson said.
The prosecutor told jurors that by the end of Torres’ trial they will have enough evidence to convict him of premeditated, first-degree murder.
Assistant Pima County Public Defender Adam Page told jurors Torres’ crime was one of passion, not premeditation.
During opening statements Wednesday, Johnson told jurors the couple began dating when Aranda was 13 and Torres 15.
It was a tumultuous relationship that worsened after the birth of their daughter, Isabella in February 2010.
In early August 2011, Aranda’s mother took away her phone because she didn’t want her to see Torres anymore, Johnson said.
On Aug. 5, 2011, Kelly Aranda became frustrated when her daughter pleaded for permission to see Torres eventually giving her permission to go, Johnson said.
Ignacia Aranda packed up clothes for her and the baby and moved in with Torres at Retro City Apartments, 2475 N. Haskell Drive.
Three days later, Johnson said Torres left Aranda to visit his other girlfriend, a 15-year-old.
When he got back, Johnson said Torres texted and called his other girlfriend to complain that Aranda had gone through all of his things.
Sometime the same night, Aranda called her mother to pick her and the baby up because she and Torres were fighting, Johnson said.
Before Kelly Aranda made it out the door, Ignacia Aranda called back and told her everything was OK and she was staying, Johnson said.
At 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9, Torres called his other girlfriend and told her Aranda had stabbed herself to death, Johnson said. That girl called Torres’ mother, Rachel Vallejo, and she called 911.
When detectives arrived, they discovered Aranda had been dead for hours, Johnson said.
They also discovered Torres had called for an ambulance to take him to the hospital at 2 a.m. so he could have his injured hand stitched up.
Page told jurors Aranda found a Girl’s Gone Wild video while Torres was at the other girlfriend's and they argued about it.
When Aranda called her mother to pick her up, Page said Torres begged her to stay, they “kissed and made up” and began playing video games.
The argument heated up again though, when Aranda demanded Torres’ phone, saying she didn’t think she’d ever be able to trust him.
When looking through the phone, Aranda found texts between Torres and his other girlfriend and a downloaded picture of a scantily clad Kim Kardashian.
Aranda punched Torres and he pushed her away, Page said.
Then, Aranda said, “I wish you were dead and I wish I had my baby with somebody else,” Page said.
Torres snapped, Page said.
“Before he knows it, he’s standing over Ignacia’s lifeless body,” Page said.
Panic and fear caused Torres to go to the hospital and to pour bleach around Aranda’s body, Page said.
Torres’ mom testified her son told her the last thing he remembers after Aranda told him she wished someone else had fathered the baby is his head getting “hot and dizzy.”
The other girlfriend told Page that Torres was simply irritated the last time he spoke to her; he never indicated he wanted to harm or kill Aranda.
Pima County Superior Court Judge Richard Fields is presiding over the trial.
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