Jose Medina Gomez told a judge Tuesday he still remembers being rousted out of bed by his sister and her ex-boyfriend early one summer morning in 2017.
Little did he know, he said, that a short time later that boyfriend would fatally stab his sister, leaving her laying in a pool of blood on a kitchen floor.
The boyfriend, Victor Dominguez-Gomez, 23, was arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing death of 21-year-old Rocio Medina Gomez.
Fresno County Judge Gary D. Hoff ruled Tuesday that Dominguez-Gomez will stand trial for allegedly murdering Gomez’s sister. Dominguez-Gomez has denied the accusations.
The victim’s brother sat stoically in the witness chair Tuesday, glancing briefly at his sister’s alleged killer, Dominguez-Gomez, who sat with his head down during most of hearing. He wore headphones so a court-appointed interpreter could translate in Spanish.
Gomez described to Deputy District Attorney Deborah Miller the night the couple came to his house at about 5:30 a.m. on July 15, 2017.
He didn’t think anything was odd about it, other than the early hour. They chatted at the door and he invited them in.
He recalled Dominguez-Gomez saying something about how he and his sister were back together. That didn’t surprise Gomez, since he knew she had been talking to the boyfriend on the phone recently.
Dominguez-Gomez had lived with his sister for about a year until they broke up, he said.
Once inside the house, the couple moved into the small kitchen, where things quickly turned violent. Gomez testified that Dominguez-Gomez pulled out a brightly-colored kitchen knife and held it to his sister’s neck, gripping her body tightly with his other arm.
“He said, ‘I told you I was going to kill you,’” Gomez said.
Gomez said his sister was looking at him when Dominguez-Gomez thrust the knife into her abdomen.
She yelled, “Little brother, he got me.”
Gomez said he grabbed a chair and threw it at Dominguez-Gomez. At the same time, Dominguez-Gomez lunged at him with the knife. He’s not sure if he hit him with the chair, but in the chaos, Dominguez-Gomez ran out of the house, fleeing on foot.
Gomez’s wife called 911 as he tried to chase the defendant in his truck. He didn’t find him and quickly returned to the house.
Meanwhile, Rocio Medina Gomez, who dreamed of working with computers, was slowly dying. Her brachial artery on her upper right arm had been severed. She was bleeding profusely, according to testimony from the brother and veteran police officer Brendan Rhames, one of the first officers to arrive.
Rhames testified he immediately tried to help Gomez stop the bleeding. He had the brother get a belt to be used as a tourniquet.
“She had been stabbed multiple times and was laying in a large pool of blood,” Rhames said. “And there was knife laying there as well.”
An autopsy report showed Gomez had been stabbed 10 times, three in the torso, six times in the upper right arm and once in the lower leg.
Dominguez-Gomez was arrested at the home where he was renting a room. He was treated at Community Regional Medical Center for what police described as a self-inflicted wound to his neck.
He remains in jail in lieu of $1 million bail.