The arraignment of a man accused of killing his former girlfriend and mother of their 7-year-old daughter has been continued until Thursday in Santa Clara County Superior Court as he is still in the hospital. Bail today was set for Luis Eduardo Jara-Reyna by a Santa Clara County judge at $2.5 million. Lead prosecutors and Deputy District Attorney Kevin Smith asked for a $10 million bail amount.
Smith argued Jara-Reyna is a danger to the community after he allegedly stabbed Jazmin Vizairo Ayala several times after breaking in to her home and may have attempted to kill himself with several self-inflicted stab wounds on Friday. “It’s hard to tell what he did, whether it was deliberately intending to kill himself or committing wounds to himself, we don’t know,” Smith said.
A San Jose police document says Jara-Reyna allegedly entered the home in the 2500 block of Story Road through an unlocked sliding glass door after parking around the corner and staking out the home in dark clothing starting around 8 a.m. Police said he entered Vizairo Ayala’s room around 8:40 a.m. and stabbed her multiple times, including in her neck. Smith said prosecutors believe he brought the murder weapon into the home with him. Vizairo Ayala’s father notified police after a roommate heard her scream and called him. Police forced entry into her room upon arrival. They found her face down next to her bed and Jara-Reyna on top of her with multiple stab wounds.
The roommate, according to police, locked herself and her child in their room for their safety after the scream. Police said that Jara-Reyna told detectives at the hospital that he only wanted to scare the victim because he was tired of not being in his daughter’s life and the victim wouldn’t listen to him. Police said he told detectives that he stabbed her in the neck as they were facing each other and he then tried to kill himself.
San Jose police said the Jara-Reyna and Vizairo Ayala had a history of domestic violence, including an incident where the child saw her father pour a beer on his mother’s head. “We’re 11 days into Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I would much rather be standing here talking to you about ways that women and men who are victims can prevent their further victimization… instead, I’m standing here to talk about the murder of a mother,” Smith said. “About a daughter who no longer has a mom, and a family who is wondering why their child had this happen to her.”
Smith said domestic violence victims can reach out for help. “There are a lot of resources in the community and we would urge that out of this death some people can find a way to reach safety and to gain access through all the wonderful groups that exist in our community,” he said.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said Vizairo Ayala’s death is the 13th domestic violence-related death this year in the county – 9 people were murdered, 3 committed suicide and 1 was killed in a suicide-by-cop. Smith said
Jara-Reyna could face 25 years to life in prison if he is convicted, but prosecutors were still looking for enhancements to a possible sentence.
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