Detectives learned on Thursday for the first time that the brother of a man arrested for a woman's murder had been in her home south of Fresno about an hour before her death was reported.
Michelle Jimenez, 30, was found beaten to death in her bathroom in late September.
Samuel Rosiles testified in a murder hearing for his brother, Gabriel Rosiles, that he had been to the mobile home of Jimenez several times in the weeks before the murder. He previously told detectives he had not been there in weeks.
Miles Harris, defense attorney for Gabriel Rosiles, said detectives never considered anyone other than his client as a suspect.
After learning that Jimenez had been injured, Samuel Rosiles returned with another brother and his mother to administer CPR to Jimenez, he told prosecutor William Terrence.
When family members arrived at the 3656 S. Cherry Ave. home, Gabriel Rosiles, 30, who is charged in the murder, was wandering outside the home and crying.
"I never seen him cry like that before," Samuel Rosiles said Thursday.
He described Jimenez as his brother's wife, although they weren't married. She had a tattoo reading "Gabriel" on her arm.
In late August, the property was the site of a double murder. Samuel Rosiles said he went to the house to check on Jimenez regularly because she was considered a family member. Her brothers and father are being prosecuted for the double murder.
Samuel Rosiles said his brother, Gabriel, who has a prison record, had been cleaning the home with Jimenez after the double murder, and he also helped. He said Gabriel Rosiles spent much of his time there, although his home was down the street.
But in the weeks following the double murder, Gabriel Rosiles and Jimenez were regularly threatened and were nearly struck by suspicious passing vehicles, Samuel Rosiles said. He also said a green car was parked in the rural neighborhood in the days before Jimenez's death. Samuel Rosiles said he believes someone other than his brother could have killed Jimenez.
Samuel Rosiles said his family also has been threatened by members of Jimenez's family since her death. A fight occurred Monday when Gabriel Rosiles was in court and the Jimenez brothers and father were awaiting hearings.
He said his family was threatened again after the fight. In questioning by Harris, Samuel Rosiles said he didn't report the threats to law enforcement because they didn't respond to other threats made to his family.
Detectives reports said that Caroline Rosiles, Gabriel Rosiles' mother, told them she got a call when she was at the doctor's office with her daughter and heard Gabriel crying.
She left the doctor's office and later told a detective that her son said Jimenez fell in the shower. But in testimony Thursday, she said she didn't remember telling that to detectives.
Fresno County sheriff's detective Donna Davis testified Wednesday that a broken wooden novelty baseball bat was found in the trailer with blood on it, as well as a metal wire "shower caddy" used in the assault. Blood was found throughout the trailer.
The hearing resumes today.
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