01 December 2010
Defense attorney argues self defense; co-defendant testifies

The News Virginian

Miles away from flashing police lights, Abeil Javier Vazquez watched as his friend cleaned a bloody knife beneath a gushing faucet, he testified Tuesday.

“Then he went to the woods, down to the river,” Vazquez, 19, of Lyndhurst, said in court. “He tried to hide it under a rock in the river, but then he went up onto a hill. He tossed it, threw it into the woods.”

The testimony came during a preliminary hearing for David Luna Sanchez, a 21-year-old illegal immigrant charged along with Vazquez in the summertime killing of Eduardo “Piku” Herrera, 38, at 260 N. Commerce Ave.

Judge William B. Heatwole ruled Tuesday that Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Camblos presented enough evidence to send the second-degree murder case to grand jury.

Vazquez testified he and Sanchez fled Virginia shortly after the knife cleaning.

Almost 10 days later, the men were arrested by Florida police in Putnam County — caught speeding in a primer black Ford Taurus Waynesboro police had sought, authorities said.

Dressed in a striped jail jumpsuit, Sanchez wore silver shackles and a tuft of clean-cut black hair in court. Sitting next to an interpreter, he stared at the ground and listened to testimony by Herrera’s girlfriend, Tammy Painter.

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