COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - The immigrant who turned himself in for murdering a teenager told police he'd had 12 to 14 drinks and cocaine before the crime, according to court documents.
The Commerce City Police affidavit was released after Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos' court appearance Wednesday. It says he called 911 from a gas station after committing the crime.
The ducuments say the 24-year-old told police he'd consumed the alcohol and cocaine at a bar near E. 70th Avenue and Pecos Street on Dec. 23, before his girlfriend called. She asked Padilla-Villalobos to pick up the 14-year-old 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. 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 stabbed her five times with a kitchen knife that he told police he'd recently used for cutting vegetables. The knife was left in the girl's neck.
Padilla-Villalobos told police he'd left the body there and drove around for a while before going to the gas station at 5601 Quebec Street and asking the attendant to use the phone to call 911.
Padilla-Villalobos is a native of Chihuahua, Mexico who came to the U.S. nine years ago. The Adams County Jail website shows he is on an immigration hold in addition to the murder.
Note: Various documents and press releases have differed in the spelling of Padilla-Villalobos. Some used Esequiel while the affidavit used Ezequiel.