The former dairy farm laborer accused of murder testified Monday that he killed the woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life moments after she taunted him that her new boyfriend was a better lover than him.
But asked why he had taken a rope and put it around her neck, strangling the mother of his child, Mauricio Jose Bedolla-Camacho struggled to explain his actions to the Common Pleas Court jury hearing his trial.
“To tell the truth, I don’t know what happened,” Bedolla-Camacho testified under direct questioning from Assistant Public Defender Peter Jurs, one of two attorneys representing him. “I just saw the rope and grabbed it. I don’t remember how I put it on her or how I strangled her. It was pretty quick.”
Bedolla-Camacho, 29, who worked at the Knight’s Run dairy farm in West Fallowfield at the time of the killing, is charged with first- and third-degree murder and related charges in the April 2008 death of Daicy Vasquez-Bedolla, allegedly for trying to leave him for a new boyfriend. He has conceded that he killed her, but his attorneys — Jurs and Assistant Public Defender Meredith Daniels Copeland — have argued that he was provoked into the act by the victim and thus is guilty of voluntary manslaughter.
Judge Howard F. Riley Jr., who is presiding over the case, indicated he would schedule closing arguments and charging for this morning.
Vasquez-Bedolla, 26, of Kennett Square, was reported missing on April 27, 2008, after she failed to come him to her parents’ apartment after telling her family she was going to meet Bedolla-Camacho. Police later found her body buried in a compost pile used to decompose the bodies of dead cows at the farm where Bedolla-Camacho worked. Investigators were directed there by his brother, who testified that Bedolla-Camacho had confessed to him where he hid the body.
Bound for Mexico, where he was born and raised, Bedolla-Camacho was arrested on April 29, 2008, on a bus in Baton Rouge, La.