Beating described in Paso Robles murder trial
November 20, 2014
A hired assailant who was allegedly paid to rough up a man on behalf of a jealous lover testified Wednesday in the trial of a Paso Robles woman charged with murder. [Tribune]
Maria del Carmen Granados Fajardo, 50, is accused of paying several people a total of $12,000 to kidnap and brutally injure her ex-boyfriend, Victor Sanchez, 37. In Feb. 2013, a group of teenagers tasked with abducting Sanchez and shooting him in the kneecap ended up killing him.
Prior to the shooting, Fajardo allegedly paid assailants to beat and injure Sanchez. Stockton resident Joseph Villareal, who has already received a six-year prison sentence for his role in the attack, testified that he agreed to break Sanchez’s leg and mess up his face for $1,000.
Villareal said he was told by a messenger that the victim’s wife wanted Sanchez to sustain the injuries. Villareal did not know Sanchez, and he agreed to do so because he needed the money, Villareal testified.
In Oct. 2012, Villareal, with a group of hired assailants, attacked Sanchez with a tire iron. Villareal used the tire iron to shatter Sanchez’s car top and beat him in the arm, leg and other places on the body, he said.
The group then went to Fajardo’s home and received $6,000, of which $1,000 went to Villareal and another participant, he said.
On Tuesday, a former Paso Robles Housing Authority director testified in Fajardo’s trial and described the defendant as hurt and jealous. Amanda Corella said Fajardo was seeking a no-trespassing order against Sanchez.
Fajardo showed photos of Sanchez naked in romantic poses with other women in pursuit of the no-trespassing order. Sanchez was chasing other women when he was not with Fajardo and possibly when he was with her, too, Corella said.
Prosecutors attribute jealousy as the main motive for Fajardo hiring assailants to brutally injure Sanchez.
Fajardo’s attorney Ilan Funke Bilu said prior to the trial that entire story of the case had yet to be told and would come out during trial.