Thanks to a teenager’s deathbed statement, her two alleged murderers are behind bars. The 19-year-old woman from Tracy, California was brutally beaten, stabbed, and left to die on a rural road in Alameda County.
A driver found the bloodied teenager around 2:00 a.m. on February 12, 2018 after the stabbing. She was crawling on Tesla Road, a rural part of Alameda County.
The victim, 19, had managed to crawl 100 yards to the road despite being stabbed multiple times and beaten. She was airlifted to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where she died two hours later.
“This victim really tried to survive,” said Sgt. Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. “She fought and she fought. The last thing we believe she was able to do was to point us in the direction of the people who killed her.”
Alameda County Police Arrest Suspects in Teenager’s Stabbing
The teenager’s “compelling” deathbed confession led investigators with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department to a house in the 1000 block of Nadine Avenue in Stanislaus County.
Around 1:00 p.m. on February 12, police arrested a man and a woman, both 19 years old. Deputies were seen leaving the home around 4:30 p.m.
Alameda county sheriff’s deputies at Modesto home in 1000 block of Nadine. Investigators say 19-year-old woman and man were arrested today. They were suspected of killing a 19-year-old woman in Livermore on Tesla Road. pic.twitter.com/pG0Uh9htI1
— Kay Recede FOX40 (@KayRecede) February 12, 2018
The two suspects were transported to Alameda County on suspicion of murder. Their names, and the name of the victim, have not yet been released.
“This young woman clung to life when she was left for dead and was able to live for another couple hours and get us that information. Ultimately that led us to these arrests,” Kelly noted.
“I’ve been around a long time, and I can only think of two to three times that I’m aware of in our agency that we’ve been able to get a dying declaration like that. A dying declaration is a very compelling piece of evidence that’s recognized in the court to be very credible and reliable information.”