Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos sent to trial for first-degree murder of his girlfriend's teenage sister

Affidavit: Suspect was drunk, high

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - The immigrant who turned himself in after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend's teenage sister to death with a kitchen knife was ordered to stand trial on the charges of first-degree murder and sexual assault.

A Commerce City police affidavit showed Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos, 24, told police he'd consumed 12 to 14 drinks and cocaine before the crime. It says he called 911 from a gas station after committing the crime.

The documents say the 24-year-old told police he was at a bar near East 70th Avenue and Pecos Street on Dec. 23 when his girlfriend called. She asked him to pick up her 14-year-old sister in Broomfield.

Padilla-Villalobos agreed and drove there in his Ford pickup truck.

Commerce City police wrote that he told them he started having "bad thoughts" about killing the teenager as he drove her to a family member's home. Padilla-Villalobos pulled over at a horse farm at 8690 Verbena St., where he'd previously done some work.

He parked the truck, leaned over and started strangling the girl, according to the affidavit.  Somehow she escaped the truck, the document said, but Padilla-Villalobos caught her and continued trying to strangle her until he decided it wouldn't work.

In the end, Padilla-Villalobos said he stabbed her five times with a knife that he told police he'd recently used for cutting vegetables. The knife was left in the girl's neck.

Padilla-Villalobos will be arraigned May 6 at 8:30 a.m. He is being held without bond.

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