A California woman, pregnant with her first child, planned to break the news of her to her family on Thanksgiving. A random stabbing ended her life before she had the chance.
KSBW 8 reports that 43-year-old Garrett Scheff, a homeless man living in Salinas, is accused of stabbing and killing of Mariana Jurado. The incident happened outside of Jurado’s home, off the 100 block of Clay Street in Salinas, on Tuesday morning.
Police said Scheff attacked Jurado during the early morning as she was leaving home for work.
On Thursday, a judge charged Scheff with one count of murder during his first appearance hearing. Officials said another murder charge is in the works since Jurado was two months along in her pregnancy.
“Under California law a murder of a fetus occurs when a fetus is 7 or 8 weeks old as long as the fetus has progressed beyond the embryonic stage,” chief assistant district attorney, Berkley Brannon, said, according to the outlet.
“Each murder is now 50 to life maximum in addition to that there would also be 5-year enhancement so he’s looking at 105 to life maximum.”
According to authorities, the incident was completely random. The pair didn’t know each other.
“Jurado did not know Scheff, and by all accounts this was a random act of violence,” Salinas PD said in a news conference, according to the Californian.
Court documents indicate Scheff has a lengthy criminal history, including charges for theft, assault, burglary, drugs, resisting a police officer, vandalism and defacing public property.
The story is developing. Check back for updates.
For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast. Here is our latest episode.
[Feature Photo: Mariana Jurado/Legacy]