A Bay Area woman will stand trial for the murder of her ex-husband, who died two weeks after she allegedly dumped a pot of boiling water on him during a jealous rage.
Jesusa Tatad, of Daly City, allegedly attacked her ex-husband, Ronnie Tatad, while he was asleep in November 2011. The incident occurred in the tiny, 600-square-foot studio apartment the pair shared despite divorcing in December 2007, the San Mateo County Times reported.
Jesusa, 39, threw scalding water on her sleeping ex and then beat him with a baseball bat because she believed that he was carrying on a relationship with another woman, prosecutors said.
Ronnie, 36, died about two weeks after the incident, on Dec. 9, from a bacterial blood infection that was caused by burns that covered nearly 55 percent of his body, according to testimony by Daly City police Det. Gregg Oglesby.
San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan ruled at a preliminary hearing Thursday that there is enough evidence for Jesusa to stand trial for six felony charges, including murder, mayhem and torture.
An apartment complex maintenance worker was one of the first people to see Ronnie run out of the apartment half-naked after the alleged attack. The worker said he found Ronnie screaming for help behind a car, the skin of his hands burnt so badly that it was "flaking off," according to Oglesby.
Oglesby testified that Ronnie became hysterical when he saw Jesusa coming towards him and shouted, "Stay away from me. Go away."
Oglesby was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where he later died.
Jesusa allegedly admitted to pouring boiling water on her ex-husband when police officer Ira Perez arrived on the scene, though she has since pleaded not guilty.
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