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Trial to start in '06 Halloween throat slashing death in Anaheim

February 7, 2012 |  9:05 pm

Hector Jaramillo booking photo
A man charged with cutting an Anaheim man's throat and nearly decapitating him in a deadly stabbing attack in 2006 is scheduled to begin trial Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court.

Hector Delio Aguilar Jaramillo, 42, is accused of killing Roberto Martinez-Escamilla as he screamed for help and tried to break free on Halloween night, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Jaramillo, a resident of Lake Elsinore, fled the crime scene by escaping through a bathroom window he had smashed, according to prosecutors. The 35-year-old Martinez-Escamilla was the boyfriend of Jaramillo's sister-in-law.

The case went cold until 2010, when Jaramillo was allegedly linked to the slaying by DNA evidence that was submitted to a law enforcement database after he was arrested in an assault case in Riverside County, according to the district attorney's office.

The trial will be held at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. If convicted, Jaramillo faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.

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Photo: Hector Delio Aguilar Jaramillo. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

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