A jury in Monterey County Superior Court in Salinas has found a 35-year-old man guilty of stabbing a man to death in the kitchen of his Seaside flat last December, the district attorney’s office announced Friday.
The jury convicted Eteberto Vazquez-Zapata of first-degree murder in the death of Marco Nava, whom the defendant admitted to stabbing because he made him feel “disrespected and made fun of,” Deputy District Attorney Douglas Matheson said.
On Dec. 22, 2013, Nava and his two friends were socializing at Vazquez-Zapada’s apartment in Seaside when the victim declined the offer of a beer with the group, prompting a verbal exchange about it, Matheson said.
About half an hour later, as Nava and his friends started to leave the apartment, Vazquez-Zapata called Nava back into the kitchen because he “wanted to show him something,” the prosecutor said.
Once Nava entered the kitchen, Vazquez-Zapata stabbed him with a 9-inch knife, causing the victim bleed to death, according to Matheson.
Vazquez-Zapata later confessed to authorities that he stabbed Nava, he said.
Judge Carrie Panetta is scheduled to sentence Vazquez-Zapata on Jan. 17. He faces a prison term of 25 years to life, Matheson said.
Seaside police Detective Fred Carlin and District Attorney investigator Jackie Meroney investigated the case, he said.
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