Fatal 'good Samaritan' Santa Fe case in hands of jury

Posted at: 03/03/2013 11:42 AM
By: The Associated Press

PHOTO: Adrian Gonzales
PHOTO: Adrian Gonzales

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The case of a New Mexico man accused of killing a preschool teacher who was trying to stop him from beating his girlfriend is in the hands of a jury.

Jurors are scheduled Monday to continue deliberations after hearing closing arguments in a trial involving Adrian Gonzales.

The 31-year-old is accused of fatally stabbing 21-year-old Victoriano "Mo" Moises Byrne-Gonzales and stabbing another man during a December 2011 dispute at the Butterfly Springs Mobile Home Park in Pojoaque.

He's also accused of assaulting his then-girlfriend, Natasha Romero.

Gonzales testified Friday that he tried to hide from Byrne-Gonzales and friend Santiago Cordova and stabbed them only in self-defense.

But District Attorney Petra Benavidez-Schwartz told the jury that Gonzales' actions didn't make sense for a man who was just trying to defend himself.

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