Fagundes Charged With First Degree Murder, Torture And More

Fagundes Charged With First Degree Murder, Torture And More

David Fagundes was in Calaveras Superior Court this week for a preliminary hearing lasting approximately seven hours and involving the testimonies of 11 witnesses. Visiting Judge Gary R. Hahn found sufficient evidence for a trial on all counts, including first degree murder and a special allegation of torture against Fagundes, who stands accused of stabbing his half-sister, 49 year-old Toni Jilbert, and setting fire to his own Chevrolet HHR while she was still alive inside. Following the judge’s ruling, Fagundes appeared distressed before shaking hands with his attorney and leaving the courtroom, returning to jail. Charged with murder, torture, issuing threats and resisting an officer, Fagundes faces enhancements for use of a deadly weapon and prior felony convictions including burglary in Montana, battery in Idaho and first-degree manslaughter in Washington State. Fagundes has denied or pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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