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, Mollie Muchna
Crimes in hell don’t have angels as witnesses — and Tomas Vigil doesn’t have wings, both sides agreed in the final day of testimony for the murder trial of Tolentino Corzo-Avendano.
But the jury’s verdict will depend on whether the jurors believe Vigil played the role of witness or assailant in the February 2016 stabbing of Sara and Kathy Mondragon.
Vigil told the jury he stood by, “frozen,” as the attack began at 1623 Stover St. Corzo-Avendano’s defense argues that Vigil stabbed Sara Mondragon and fatally stabbed her grandmother eight times.
Jury deliberation began Tuesday afternoon after nine days of gut-wrenching testimony, including accounts from Sara Mondragon, Vigil and a last-minute addition from Corzo-Avendano himself. The jury will have to decide whether proof exists beyond reasonable doubt that Corzo-Avendano committed these crimes: first-degree murder after deliberation, felony murder, criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and child abuse.
If the jury finds Corzo-Avendano guilty of first-degree murder, he will likely face life in prison.
Vigil agreed to testify against Corzo-Avendano in exchange for a plea…
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