From Barrera-Rodriguez’ appeal: On the morning of January 2, 2007, defendant telephoned 911 and reported that he had killed two people—his baby son’s mother, Kelly, and Kelly’s mother, Sharon. Defendant said that he was calling from the victims’ residence and that he had killed them with a lug wrench about an hour earlier.
A Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the house a short time later and talked to defendant by telephone. Defendant said that he had killed his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s mother. He added that he was inside the house with two small children and was concerned about who would take care of them. After being assured that someone would take care of the children, defendant came out of the house without incident.
Sheriff’s officials entered the house and located the bodies of Kelly and Sharon in a rear bedroom. Their heads were bloodied.
Defendant agreed to be interviewed and was transported to the sheriff’s headquarters downtown. He spoke with Detective Jason Cvitanov for several hours. A videotape of the interview was played for the jury.
Defendant told Cvitanov that he and Kelly had been dating for about a year. He said he was the father of Kelly’s seven-month-old son, Isael, and that Kelly had a four-year-old daughter, Layla, from a previous relationship. Kelly had another boyfriend while she was pregnant with Isael, and defendant paid for a paternity test that confirmed he was the father.
Prior to the murders, defendant and Kelly had argued because she no longer wanted to see him. However, she still allowed him to spend time with Isael. He became jealous of her, and “any little thing” would hurt him. Several little things added up and made him mad.
Before going to Kelly’s house in the early morning hours of January 2, defendant thought to himself, “. . . I’m finished with everything.” He brought along a hammer, planning to hurt her for “all the things she [had done] to” him. He had been drinking beer and using methamphetamine, and he was feeling “kind of” drunk. He entered the house through an attached garage and went to Kelly’s room, where he remained for 10 to 20 minutes while she slept. She woke up and asked him, “`What are you doing here?'” He told her that he missed her and Isael. When he asked if he could stay with her, she said no, but offered that he could stay in Isael’s room.
Defendant stayed in Isael’s room for only a minute before returning to Kelly’s room and telling her that he was leaving. But instead of leaving, he struck her head more than three times using a metal bar. She began screaming and fell to the floor. Upon hearing Kelly’s screams, Sharon entered the room. Using the same metal bar, defendant struck Sharon’s head more than three times.
After the attack, defendant walked to a mini-mart. At some point he concealed the metal bar in a plastic bag. He telephoned his brother Sergio, who picked him up. As they drove through a residential area, defendant got out of the car and discarded the metal bar in a garbage can. Then he went to the apartment of someone he knew and remained there for about 30 minutes, “[j]ust trippin’.” Afterward, he walked back to the mini-mart, where he telephoned Sergio again and obtained a ride back to the crime scene. When he arrived there he made the 911 call.
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The People of the State of California v Jose Guadalup Barrera-Rodriguez 2010
Name: BARRERA-RODRIGUEZ, JOSE GUADALUPE
Admission Date: 03/20/2009
Current Location: Corcoran
Filed under: crime, Domestic Violence, murder, murder in the 21st Century, Psycho for Love | Tagged: 2007, beaten to death, California, Family/Domestic Violence, homicide, Jose Guadalupe Barrera, Kelly Johnson, Psycho for Love, Sharon Ann Johnson, spousal murder |