A judge on Tuesday said there’s sufficient evidence for a man to stand trial charged with murder in the death of his sister’s husband at an east Modesto apartment complex a year ago.
Francisco Hernandez Gonzales, 51, of Modesto is accused of stabbing 55-year-old Trinidad Cordero.
Gonzales’ preliminary hearing concluded Tuesday with the judge’s ruling. The incident occurred Jan. 12, 2013 at the Redwood Apartments in the 2500 block of Yosemite Boulevard.
Testimony in the hearing indicated that Gonzales went to his sister’s home to watch on TV the 49ers vs. Packers playoff game. Cordero was in his bedroom while the rest of the family was in the living room watching the end of the game.
Not long after the game ended, Gonzales went to Cordero’s bedroom. Gonzales’ sister testified that she heard a loud noise and found her brother and her husband in a struggle in the room. Authorities said Gonzales stabbed Cordero and then left the home.
Cordero was found with multiple wounds and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died.
Gonzales was arrested at a Turlock homeless shelter 11 days after the stabbing.
The defendant remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail as he awaits trial. Gonzales is scheduled to return to court Feb. 20 for an arraignment hearing.