California police have arrested a man and charged him with murder, with the suspect admitting that he “snapped” after having sex with the victim, as reported by New York Post.
Daniel Gross, 19, is alleged to have stabbed friend Lizette Cuesta, 19, and left her dead by the side of the road on Monday.
Now, Gross has given a jailhouse interview to KTVU, coming close to admitting guilt and saying he “snapped” after having sex with Cuesta.
“I didn’t plan to do this at all,” he said, stopping short of actually saying he killed her.
“I feel like s—. I f—ing hate myself, you know? I wish I could go back in time and that this never happened.”
The long-reaching interview also found Gross alleging he acted in self-defense, saying Cuesta came at him with a knife and he was forced to protect himself.
“It just happened like this,” he said, snapping his fingers. “I gave her the knife.”
The victim of the Tesla Road Homicide is identified as: Lizette Andrea Cuesta, Age 19, from Tracy, CA. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends. pic.twitter.com/QO4ECqcf0Z
— Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) February 13, 2018
The victim is said to have lived for hours after being repeatedly stabbed, with police saying she not only dragged herself away from the road, but also spoke to sheriff’s deputies, naming her attackers before perishing, according to ABC 7.
“She never gave up, she brought herself justice. She made sure the people got caught, to pay for what they did. It won’t bring her back, but at least they’re not out there running around on the streets,” her father, Ray Cuesta, said.
Gross’s girlfriend, 25-year-old Melissa Jill Leonardo, was also arrested in connection with Cuesta’s death. Gross has proclaimed Leonardo to be completely innocent, telling reporters that she merely drove him to an area near the crime scene.
All three of them worked together at Carl’s Jr. restaurant. A GoFundMe has been set up on behalf of Cuesta’s family.
[Featured Image: Alameda County Sheriff’s Office]