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.
The man accused of killing one woman and seriously injuring another in a 2016 double stabbing took the witness stand in his own defense Monday, repeatedly testifying that he is not guilty.
Tolentino Corzo-Avendano has been charged with first-degree murder after deliberation, felony first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, as well as various other felonies, misdemeanors and sentence enhancers in connection with the Feb. 9, 2016, stabbing of Sara Mondragon, then 26, and her 61-year-old grandmother, Kathy Mondragon, who later died.
He was adamant Monday at the Larimer County Justice Center: He is not guilty.
Public defender Matthew Landers asked Corzo-Avendano point blank if he killed Kathy Mondragon.
“I did not kill Kathy Mondragon,” Corzo-Avendano replied.
Landers asked him if he tried to kill Sara Mondragon.
“I did not try to kill Sara Mondragon,” he said.
Corzo-Avendano chose to testify in English on Monday, rather than through the aid of Spanish translators, who have been assisting throughout the trial.
During Landers’ questioning, the defendant told a story that matched the broad outline of events described in other witnesses’ testimony, but key details…
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