SAN FRANCISCO – a San Francisco woman looked composed and lucid as she made her first appearance on Friday on a murder charge accusing her of the killing and the dismemberment of her roommate, whose body prosecutors say were discovered in plastic bags in their house.
Lisa Gonzales, 47, was in an orange prison suit with her hands cuffed behind her back during the brief appearance with her attorney. She responded to a question from the court, but she did not enter a plea. Her arraignment was continued until June 14.
The police arrested Gonzales on Saturday after her 61-year-old roommate was reported missing. The police discovered the victim’s severed arms and legs in a maggot-filled storage container, according to the prosecutors.
Gonzales told the police that her roommate refused to go out, and the two of them argued, on May 15 in San Francisco-prosecutors said in a court filing. They told the researchers that they think that they are “mirrored” but they had no “real reminder” of what happened, Adam said Maldonado in the depot.
Outside the court, Gonzales’ public defender Alex Lilien, said that his client was a hardworking, single mother, and had taken of the victim, Maggie Mamer, after Mamer said that they had been driven out by slum landlords. He wanted no details about his client’s mental health.
“She is charged with murder, and she is portrayed as a monster in the media — and that is worrying”, he said. “She is concerned about his / her family.”
Mamer had lost, her home, and “fallen on hard times,” by Gonzales in August 2017 offered her a room, Maldonado said in the court filing. They agreed on $400 per month to rent. But after items around the house began to lose or is broken, Gonzales told Mamer in April to go out in 30 days or face eviction, the prosecutor said.
Lilien said Friday that Gonzales did not know Mamer and when she made her move, and that Mamer had a history of not paying the rent.