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Teenager's Dying Words Lead Deputies To Her Suspected Killers

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CBS News February 13, 2018, 6:30 AM

Teenager's dying words lead deputies to her suspected killers

 "This victim really tried to survive," said Sgt. Ray Kelly, a spokesman for Alameda County Sheriff's Department. "She fought, and she fought. The last thing we believe she was able to do was to point us in the direction of the people who killed her."

The sheriff's department got the call just after 2 a.m. on Monday. A driver spotted a woman crawling on the ground on Tesla Road, a rural part of Alameda County.

"There's a female crawling on the road," the dispatcher said, in one of the first dispatch calls. "She is missing an arm, and she is bloody."

"Initially they thought the woman may have had a severed arm," Sgt. Kelly said. "That was ultimately not true. It appears she likely had her arm under her body as she was crawling."

The victim had been stabbed several times and beaten, but she still managed to crawl 100 yards back to the road. She was airlifted to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where she died two hours later.

"We have a compelling dying declaration," Sgt. Kelly said.

Her final words were to police: the names of the people who attacked her. That led investigators with Alameda County Sheriff's Department to a house on Nadine Avenue in Stanislaus County.

"We seen the Sheriff pull up on the corner right here on the street and sat here until this afternoon when the raid happened," said neighbor Jami Marie Smith.

Around 1 p.m., deputies arrested a man and a woman at the house, both 19 years old.

"They were nice neighbors," said Bertha Andrade, who lives next door. "I never heard nothing bad!"

Deputies left the home around 4:30 p.m. But neighbor Jamie Marie Smith says she still feels uneasy.

"When you have people that go out and do things like that, and they end up living in your neighborhood, it's not good," Smith said.

The suspects have been transported to Alameda County on suspicion of murder. Their names and the victim's name have not yet been released.                                                                                                       SEE VIDEO REPORT ;   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alameda-county-woman-dying-words-identifies-suspected-killers/

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Suspect arrested in brutal killing of teen left for dead 'not mad at her,' report says

One of the two suspects arrested in the brutal killing of a 19-year-old woman left for dead near a rural road outside San Francisco reportedly said in a jailhouse interview that he is not mad at her and did not mean to kill her.

 
 

Daniel Gross, 19, told KTVU in an exclusive jailhouse interview that he did not plan “to do this at all” and that he "snapped."

“I feel like s---,” he reportedly said, sitting inside Santa Rita Jail in the town of Dublin, Calif. “I f---ing hate myself, you know?  I wish I could go back in time and that this never happened.”

Lizette Cuesta, 19, was found early Monday with multiple stab wounds and laying in the middle of Tesla Road in Livermore, which is outside San Francisco.

The scene was gruesome. There was nearly a 100-yard trail of blood leading to the road. One of the men who first spotted her said he could not determine her hair color due to the amount of blood.

Cuesta was credited by the men who found her and authorities for her determination to survive. Gross was reportedly asked how Cuesta ended up in that condition, and he replied, “I’d rather not get into that.”

 

Gross told the station that he acted in self-defense.  He said Cuesta elbowed him in the ribs and she was armed with a knife. He said she did not use the weapon on him.

Cuesta was eventually airlifted to Eden Hospital where authorities said she made a “dying declaration,” and ID'd two suspects in her killing.

The declaration led to a “tremendous” amount of evidence and the arrests of Daniel Gross, 19, and Melissa Leonardo, 25, at their south Modesto home, The Modesto Bee reported.

“I’ve been around a long time, and I can only think of two to three times that I’m aware of in our agency that we’ve been able to get a dying declaration like that,” Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said. “A dying declaration is a very compelling piece of evidence that’s recognized in the court to be very credible and reliable information.”

Kelly did not give a suspected motive in the crime. Gross told KTVU that the two met at their jobs a Carl’s Jr. and their relationship became sexual. He said the two smoked marijuana and had sex the night she was killed.

Leonardo, who has been identified as his girlfriend in earlier reports, knew about his relationship with Cuesta and was OK with it, he told the station.

He told the station that Leonardo played no role in the killing, other than driving the car to Livermore.                                                                                                                       SEE TWEETS ;   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/15/suspect-arrested-in-brutal-killing-teen-left-for-dead-not-mad-at-her-report-says.html

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Mother of suspect in stabbing of teen left for dead says he's innocent, blames son's fiancee: report

The mother of one of the suspects arrested in the brutal stabbing death of a 19-year-old woman left for dead on a rural road outside San Francisco reportedly pointed the finger at her son's fiancee Wednesday night, saying her son did nothing wrong.

 
 

Tracy Gross, whose son Daniel was arrested for the gruesome murder along with his 25-year-old fiancee Melissa Leonardo, called Leonardo the "mastermind" of the slaying, The East Bay Times reported.

“Daniel is not the guilty one in this incident. It’s all Melissa," Gross said, according to the paper. "There were things said beforehand and I didn’t make two and two together, until after… of who it was."

Authorities say a 19-year-old woman from Tracy, California was dumped on the side of the road, left for dead, after she was stabbed and likely had her arms bound by yellow rope found at the scene.

The victim, Lizette Cuesta, was found early Monday with her throat cut and multiple stab wounds. She was lying in the middle of Tesla Road in Livermore, which is outside San Francisco. 

Earlier, Gross told ABC7 that Cuesta "adored" her son, but seemed to leave open the possibility her son had some responsibility for Cuesta's killing.

“I know if it wasn’t for her, he wouldn’t have done it," Gross told the station. "She’s just as guilty as he is. And I think she’s the one that did it, because of her jealously."

 

There was nearly a 100-yard trail of blood leading to the road when Cuesta was found. One of the men who first spotted her said he could not determine her hair color due to the amount of blood.

Cuesta was eventually airlifted to Eden Hospital where authorities said she made a “dying declaration,” and ID'd two suspects in her killing. Dying declarations are ordinarily admissible testimony in court.

“I wake up with nightmares thinking of what that girl went through,” a crying Gross said, according to the East Bay Times. “And I can’t believe my son had anything to do with it.”

Gross' son has claimed he acted in self-defense.  He said Cuesta elbowed him in the ribs and was armed with a knife. 

The suspect told KTVU in an exclusive jailhouse interview that he did not plan “to do this at all” and that he "snapped

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