One of the two suspects arrested in the brutal murder of a 19-year-old woman left for dead near a rural road outside of San Francisco reportedly said in a prison interview that he is not angry with 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” and that he “bite.”
“I feel like s – – -” he has reportedly said, sitting in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California. “I f-ing hate myself, you know? I wish I could go back in time and that this never happened.”
Mrs. sint Cuesta, 19, was found early Monday with multiple stab wounds to the middle of Tesla Road in Livermore, which is outside of San Francisco.
The suspects arrested for the murder of mrs. sint Cuesta are identified as:
-Daniel Gross, Age 19, Modesto, CA
-Melissa Leonardo, Age 25, of Modesto, CA
Both suspects are in custody at Santa Rita Jail. pic.twitter.com/FWGsygJgR3
— Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) February 13, 2018
The scene was horrific. There was almost a 100-yard trail of blood leading to the road. One of the men who first spotted her said that he could not determine her hair color by the amount of blood.
Cuesta was credited by the men who found her and the authorities for her determination to survive. Gross was allegedly asked how Cuesta ended up in that state, and he replied: “I’d rather not.”
Daniel Gross’ mother and family are also here for his arraignment. Very emotional for both families. pic.twitter.com/VWaxYJnO1X
— Kay Districts FOX40 (@KayRecede) February 14, 2018
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 that they did not use the weapon on him.
Cuesta was eventually airlifted to Eden Hospital where the authorities said she was a “dying declaration,” and ID’d two suspects in her killing.
The declaration has led to a “massive” amount of evidence and the arrests of Daniel Gross, 19, and Melissa Leonardo, 25, on the south Modesto home, The Modesto bee reported.
“I have been a long time, and I can only think of two to three times that I’m aware of our agency that we have been able to make a dying declaration,” Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said. “A dying declaration is a very interesting piece of evidence that is contained 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 each other on their work, a Carl’s Jr. and their relationship was sexual. He said that the two smoked marijuana and had sex the night she was murdered.
Leonardo, who has been identified as his girlfriend in earlier reports, knew about his relationship with Cuesta and was good with him, he told the station.
EXCLUSIVE JAILHOUSE INTERVIEW: Man charged by @AlamedaCountyDA w/murder of a friend in the vicinity of Livermore, says he “snapped” and acted out of self-defense. The victim, a fellow @CarlsJr employee, was found crawling on the road to 2 hours of VIDEO: https://t.co/hccd1ICGOI the Full story: https://t.co/xXGt4LWeor pic.twitter.com/rCAU9YjZ8x
— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) February 15, 2018
He told the station that Leonardo played no role in the murder, other than driving the car to Livermore.
Edmund Initiative is a news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.