TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Wednesday in the trial against 33-year-old Misael Sanchez, the jury heard from a lot of people including police officers, detectives and family members.
His cousins Javier and Israel Sanchez both took the stand.
Israel said he heard about Marisol Arze-Lujan’s death through a phone call while he was at work. He said some of the family members organized a meeting at another family member’s house later that day with Misael. Israel said when they asked Misael what happened he just cried and did not respond.
Javier said he went with Misael to Applied Ballistics to shoot guns the day before Javier found out Marisol was killed. Javier said he was not at the family meeting when they discussed Marisol’s death, but showed up afterwards. He said Misael gave him money at that family meeting. Javier said he did not know where Misael was going after the meeting but assumed he was going to Mexico.
Crime scene investigators also took the stand today and walked the jury through the process they took in order to collect evidence from the apartment. Photos and videos from inside the apartment where Marisol’s body was found were shown in court.
The jury also heard from Sanchez himself in a recorded police interview with Lafayette Police Detective Herb Robinson and an interpreter while Sanchez was in custody in Arkansas. In that interview, Robinson asked Sanchez why they were all there and Sanchez said it was because he killed his wife, referring to his girlfriend of 10 years Arze-Lujan.
In that video Sanchez described what happened the day he killed his girlfriend. He said she was mad at him because he has been drinking the night before. Sanchez said she started hitting him and yelling at him. That’s when he said he grabbed her around the neck for several minutes until she was unresponsive.
The trial will continue Thursday morning.