Stab­bing ‘vic­tim’ faces mur­der charges in ex-girl­friend’s death

The Mercury News - - Local News - By Tracey Ka­plan tka­plan@ba­yare­anews­ Con­tact Tracey Ka­plan at 408-278-3482.

SAN JOSE >> Mur­der charges were filed Wed­nes­day against a San Jose man ac­cused of fa­tally stab­bing the mother of his 7-year-old daugh­ter with a kitchen knife and then try­ing to kill him­self.

Luis Ed­uardo JaraReyna, 32, was still be­ing treated Wed­nes­day at an area hospi­tal for mul­ti­ple self-in­flicted wounds and did not ap­pear in court as sched­uled to be ar­raigned.

But Santa Clara County pros­e­cu­tor Kevin Smith filed charges against JaraReyna any­way, al­leg­ing that he killed 32-year-old Jas­min Vizairo-Ayala on Fri­day in her bed­room in the 2500 block of Story Road.

She was the ninth do­mes­tic vi­o­lence fa­tal­ity this year. The sus­pect had a his­tory of abus­ing Vizairo-Ayala, his for­mer girl­friend, ac­cord­ing to the wo­man’s fam­ily and a court doc­u­ment pre­pared by San Jose po­lice.

“We’re 11 days into do­mes­tic vi­o­lence aware­ness month,” Smith said out­side court af­ter fil­ing charges, “and I would much rather be stand­ing here talk­ing to you about ways that women and men who are vic­tims can pre­vent their fur­ther vic­tim­iza­tion, can reach help, can find ways to safety and their friends can learn about the re­sources avail­able for peo­ple.

“In­stead, I’m stand­ing here to talk about the mur­der of a mother, about a daugh­ter who no longer has a mom and a fam­ily who is won­der­ing why their child had this hap­pen to her,” Smith said. “There are lot of re­sources in the com­mu­nity and we would urge that out of this death some peo­ple can find a way to reach safety and to gain ac­cess through all the won­der­ful groups that ex­ist in our com­mu­nity,” in­clud­ing at least four 24-hour hot­lines to non­profit agen­cies and shel­ters.

They in­clude Asian Women’s Home at 408975-2739; YWCA Sil­i­con Val­ley at 800-572-2782; and Com­mu­nity So­lu­tions at 877-363-7238.

Smith asked Judge Vanessa A. Zecher to ei­ther deny bail, as is rec­om­mended on the court’s bail sched­ule, or set bail at $10 mil­lion. The judge set it at $2.5 mil­lion.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice state­ment of facts about the case filed with the court, video sur­veil­lance from a neigh­bor­ing res­i­dence showed that a man who ap­pears to be JaraReyna, wear­ing dark cloth­ing, a dark cap and dark gloves, walked to­ward the vic­tim’s house about 8 a.m. that day.

He ap­par­ently en­tered the home through a slid­ing glass door, Smith said.

Po­lice were alerted to a dis­tur­bance by the vic­tim’s fa­ther, who lived in the same home. When they ar­rived, they found the vic­tim face down on her bed with mul­ti­ple stab wounds, in­clud­ing a lac­er­a­tion to her neck. She was pro­nounced dead at the scene. The ac­cused man was ly­ing un­con­scious across the vic­tim’s lower back.

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