An alleged murderer may escape the death penalty because of where he grew up.
The lawyer for Manuel De Jesus Rosales, accused of slitting the throat of his baby grandson and attempting to stab his daughter to death, planned to file a motion to bar the use of the death penalty.
The attorney claimed it would be too dangerous to travel to his client’s native Honduras to gather information about his past.
Assistant public defender Neil McLoughlin told Judge Margaret Steinbeck that his life would be put at risk if he went to the Honduran coast notorious for narcotics trafficking where Rosales lived for the first 25 years of his life.
‘They like to shoot people there and I don’t want to be the target,’ he said.
Rosales, who now lives in Lehigh Acres, Florida was charged with murder in the 2010 slaying.
Prosecutors claim he slit three-month-old Josue Rosales’ throat in front of the infant’s mother, Karminda Rosales Salazar, Rosales’ daughter.
As she lay bleeding in the driveway of their home, suffering stab wounds to her neck, Rosales said to her: ‘here’s your b******,’ they alleged.
Salazar’s elder son, a toddler named Brian Rosales, reported by news-press.com as having been fathered by Rosales, was not injured during the attack.
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