Stabbing witness attempting to manipulate jury – Colorado News

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Tolentino Corzo-Avendano has been accused of stabbing Sara Mondragon and fatally stabbing Kathy Mondragon in Fort Collins on Feb. 9, 2016. His trial began July 24.
Cassa Niedringhaus

In a soft-spoken voice, Tomas Vigil affixed “ma’am” and “sir” to his responses to prosecutors and public defenders.

The defense team suggested his quiet voice during testimony was a ploy to manipulate the jury into thinking he’s not a violent man. They worked to build the the argument Monday that Vigil is instead a meth addict with a proclivity for violence who is simply looking to reduce his time in prison by providing false testimony.

Vigil returned to the Larimer County Justice Center to continue his testimony in the trial of Tolentino Corzo-Avendano, who is accused of stabbing Sara Mondragon, then 26, and Kathy Mondragon, 61, in their central Fort Collins home last year. Kathy Mondragon died from her injuries.

During his testimony, which began on Friday, Vigil said he froze as Corzo-Avendano stabbed the women. And although he did not intervene in the crime, he did not participate either, he said.

Vigil, who is now 43, told the jury Monday he’s spent more than 20 years in prison. The prosecution described most of his felony offenses are related to stealing cars or dealing drugs, rather than violent crimes.

Vigil said he’s been a witness to violence while in prison, where stabbings and fights are commonplace.

However, he’s never seen violence against women that compares to what he saw that night in February 2016, he said, when at the time, he didn’t realize the women had been stabbed.

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