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Ignacia Aranda Teen Dating Violence Murder

Le Chrysalis Remembers Ignacia Aranda


Tucson murder trial linked to naughty Kardashian cellphone pic begins

Kim Smith, Arizona Daily Star

Nov 8, 2012

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.

Tucson.com


Jury gets case of woman's stabbing death

Suspect, 20, originally said tot's mom knifed herself

Kim Smith Arizona Daily Star

Nov 9, 2012

The fate of a 20-year-old Tucson man accused of stabbing the mother of his toddler daughter to death in August 2011 is in the hands of a Pima County jury.

Carlos Torres' attorneys argued he killed Ignacia Aranda,17, in the heat of passion, but prosecutors contend he is guilty of first-degree murder.

Torres originally told detectives, his new girlfriend and his parents that Aranda stabbed herself to death, Kellie Johnson, chief criminal deputy county attorney, told jurors during opening statements Wednesday.

Even after detectives pointed out Aranda suffered 19 to 25 stab wounds to her face and throat, Torres contended 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.

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.

Despite misgivings voiced by her mother, in August 2011 Aranda and the baby 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, who was 15 at the time.

When he got back, Johnson said, Torres texted and called the other girlfriend to complain Aranda had gone through all of his things.

That same night, Aranda called her mother to pick her and the baby up because she and Torres were fighting, Johnson said.

Before Kelly Aranda, her mother, 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 the other girlfriend again and told her Aranda had stabbed herself to death, Johnson said. The girlfriend 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.

Assistant Pima County Public Defender Adam Page told jurors Aranda found a "Girl's Gone Wild" video while Torres was away 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 the other girlfriend, and a downloaded picture of a scantily clad Kim Kardashian.

Aranda punched Torres and he pushed her away, Page said.

When Aranda said, "I wish you were dead and I wish I had my baby with somebody else," Page said, Torres "snapped."

"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 on the bloody carpet around Aranda's body, Page said.

Torres' mother testified her son told her that the last thing he remembers after Aranda told him she wished someone else had fathered the baby was his head getting "hot and dizzy."

Pima County Superior Court Judge Richard Fields is presiding over the trial.

Tucson.com

Tucson man convicted in girlfriend's stabbing death

Kim Smith Arizona Daily Star

Nov 10, 2012

After deliberating most of Friday, a Pima County jury decided a Tucson man intentionally stabbed his teen girlfriend to death but did so without premeditation.

Carlos Torres, 20, was convicted of second-degree murder and is facing a minimum of 10 years in prison when sentenced Dec. 10. Prosecutors had sought a first-degree murder conviction.

Torres waived his right to let the jury decide if aggravating factors exist that could enhance his sentence to as much as 22 years. The decision will be made by Pima County Superior Court Judge Richard Fields.

Prosecutors Kellie Johnson and Kendrick Wilson intend to argue that Torres is eligible for the maximum sentence because he killed Ignacia Aranda, 17, in the presence of their 18-month-old daughter, because of the emotional harm to Aranda's family and because of the nature of the murder itself.

During opening statements, Johnson told jurors that Torres and Aranda argued on Aug. 8, 2011, because Aranda had gone through Torres' belongings while he was visiting another girlfriend.

At 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9, Torres called the other girlfriend and told her Aranda had stabbed herself to death, Johnson said. The girlfriend called Torres' mother, who called 911. When detectives arrived, they discovered Aranda had been dead for hours, Johnson said.

An autopsy revealed Aranda had been stabbed in the face and neck between 19 and 25 times.

Assistant Pima County Public Defender Adam Page told jurors Aranda found a "Girls Gone Wild" video while Torres was away and they argued about it.

Page and fellow defense attorney Michael Rosenbluth argued the slaying wasn't premeditated but a crime of passion.

According to testimony, the couple began a tumultuous relationship when Aranda was 13 and Torres was 15. Aranda and their daughter moved in with Torres just a few days before the slaying.

Torres, who has an IQ of 51 and is considered intellectually disabled, paid for his rent at the Retro City Apartments, 2475 N. Haskell Drive, with his disability checks, his mother testified.

Torres' other girlfriend, 15, testified she thought Torres and Aranda had broken up and Aranda was living with him because her mother had kicked her out.

On StarNet: Follow the news and events at Pima County's courthouses in Kim Smith's blog, At the Courthouse, at azstarnet.com/courthouse

Tucson.com


Tucson man given 19 years in girlfriend’s killing

Kim Smith, Arizona Daily Star

Dec 10, 2012

A Tucson man who stabbed his girlfriend to death in the presence of their 18-month-old daughter was sentenced to 19 years in prison Monday in Pima County Superior Court.

Carlos Torres, 20, was facing between 10 and 22 years in prison in the Aug. 8, 2011, death of Ignacia Aranda, 17.

A Pima County jury was asked to convict Torres of first-degree, premeditated murder, but convicted him of second-degree murder instead.

Prosecutors Kellie Johnson and Kendrick Wilson argued Torres should receive no less than 20 years, because of the baby’s presence, the emotional harm to Aranda's family and because Torres has a history of violent behavior.

Although Torres is considered intellectually disabled with an IQ of 51, Johnson told Judge Richard Fields he knew right from wrong. His daughter will now grow up without a mother, she pointed out.

Assistant Pima County Public Defender Michael Rosenbluth told the judge his client is remorseful. He argued for a mitigated sentence because of Torres’ age, mental capacity and dysfunctional childhood.

“Deep down, he’s a decent human being your honor,” Rosenbluth said, adding Torres hopes to better himself in prison by obtaining his general equivalency diploma and taking additional classes.

During Torres’ trial, jurors were told the couple argued because Aranda had gone through Torres’ belongings while he was visiting another girlfriend.

At 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9, Torres called the other girlfriend and told her Aranda had stabbed herself to death, Johnson said. The girlfriend called Torres’ mother, who called 911. When detectives arrived, they discovered Aranda had been dead for hours, Johnson said.

An autopsy revealed Aranda had been stabbed in the face and neck between 19 and 25 times.

Assistant Pima County Public Defender Adam Page told jurors Aranda found a "Girls Gone Wild" video while Torres was away 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 found texts between Torres and the other girlfriend, and a downloaded picture of a scantily clad Kim Kardashian.

Aranda punched Torres and he pushed her away, Page said.

When Aranda said, “I wish you were dead and I wish I had my baby with somebody else," Page said, Torres "snapped.”

Page and Rosenbluth argued the slaying wasn't premeditated but a crime of passion.

Torres told Aranda’s family he was sorry for his “horrible crime” and for forcing them to see pictures of Aranda’s lifeless body during the trial.

“I deserve to be punished,” he said.

Tucson.com

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