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Man Held Over for Trial on Alleged LSD-Induced Stabbing Murder in Santa Rosa

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A Santa Rosa man was held over for trial this afternoon for the alleged LSD-induced stabbing murder of a woman on Halloween night in 2012. At a preliminary hearing today in Sonoma County Superior Court, defendant Jessy Zetino’s girlfriend at the time, Zoe Kind, 19, of Windsor, testified that Zetino, 22, was having a frightening LSD trip at a party in east Santa Rosa on Halloween night. “His eyes were big and he looked like he was tripping on a drug and was seeing things that were not there,” Kind said. “He said people were turning into demon things.”

It was the same look Zetino had had during a previous bad LSD trip, she said. Kind said Zetino decided to take a walk but she stayed at the party. The prosecution alleges Zetino then encountered Michela Wooldridge, 24, in the 1200 block of 4th Street and stabbed her 13 times. Wooldridge had recently had moved to Sonoma County from Humboldt County. Her body was found by passersby in a driveway between two businesses early on the morning of Nov. 1. Kind said she left the party and went back to her and Zetino’s friends’ house.

She said Zetino showed up there between midnight and 1 a.m. Nov. 1 with blood on his hands and told her about the slaying. She said the two of them then took a walk and Zetino pointed to where the slaying occurred. They later then went to a shed where Zetino was living off Santa Rosa Avenue in the Kawana Springs area south of Santa Rosa, Kind said. Kind testified Zetino said he felt like he was going crazy, asked her if she was going to kill him and said he wanted to kill himself. She said a friend called her later that morning to tell her about a news article on the slaying. She said she didn’t tell anyone about what Zetino called ‘my little acccident.’

Santa Rosa police detective Brian Boettger testified the DNA that was found under Wooldridge’s fingernails matched Zetino’s DNA that was taken after he committed a drug offense. Investigators also had Zetino’s cell phone number because he included it when he was booked on the drug charge, Boettger testified. Investigators then reviewed Zetino’s cell phone calls, particularly two calls he made on Halloween night, and learned one was to Zoe Kind, Boettger said. Boettger said he printed a copy of a newspaper article on the slaying, wrote ‘Repent’ on it and “transported” it to Kind and the other person Zetino had called on Halloween night.

Kind testified she “freaked out” when she received the news article and gave it to Zetino. “He was shocked. He said he knew it was going to come back and haunt him,” Kind said. Detectives interviewed Kind and later arrested Zetino in downtown Santa Rosa on Aug. 19. Zetino admitted during an interview that he killed Wooldridge with a two-blade folding knife with a Batman insignia on it, Boettger said. Zetino was very remorseful and apologetic during the interview, Boettger said. Kind told Zetino’s attorney Lynne Slater-Stark that prosecutors said she would not be charged as an accessory if she testified truthfully. Judge Rene Chouteau held Zetino over for trial for murder and use of a knife. Zetino is scheduled to re-enter pleas on Feb. 6.

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