Tina Davila, 39 was stabbed to death in April 2000 when an illegal alien tried to carjack her SUV. Tina, a mother of five, refused to give up the keys because her 4-month-old baby was in the vehicle.
The killer Timoteo Rios, 26 stabbed her in the heart. He was identified by the surveillance tapes from a store near the crime, but he fled to Mexico. A year later, he was arrested in Mexico. In December 2010 was extradited under the condition he would not receive the death penalty. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Rios had been arrested earlier for marijuana possession but had not been deported.
At his trial, he testified, “I was just trying to scare her by swinging the knife. I’m sorry. I never meant to hurt nobody. I was buzzing”
Rios also said he had drunk six to 12 beers and had smoked marijuana that day.