Domestic violence topped the docket today inside the Franklin County Courthouse.
A Sister’s Slaying
In the chaotic cattle call of the criminal docket, corrections officers ushered in Aaron Velasco, built like a 28-year-old, but with a face of a teenager, a troubled or lost face. It’s hard to read the man at this point, which explains why the prosecutor and public defenders asked the judge to bring in state psychiatrists to exam Velasco’s mental state before the case moves forward.
Pasco Police arrested Velasco about a week and a half ago after he called 911 and told dispatchers he had just killed his sister. Officers found Magdalena Velasco-Garcia outside the family home, bleeding to death from several wounds.
We don’t know what may have led to Velasco-Garcia’s death. She was just 22.
Judge Vic Vanderschoor signed the order for the mental exam.
In the same hour, across the hall in Courtroom Two, the attorney representing a woman accused of murdering her adopted mother wanted to know why the jail nurse is on the list of potential witnesses for the prosecution.
The defense says the nurse could end up “acting as an agent for the state.”
The nurse has had close contact with Tashia Stuart, giving Stuart her medication for asthma and migraines since Stuart moved into the jail in March.
Stuart claims self-defense in the death of her adopted mother. Prosecutors say the two had been arguing over money.
Most violent crimes are not random. The people involved usually know each other. Domestic violence is particularly tragic, don’t you think?