ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania — A likely excuse.
A Pennsylvania man on trial for the murder of the mother of his two kids says he didn’t mean to stab her to death with a broken-off golf club — he was simply trying to defend himself.
Alexander Acosta-Quezada, 27, stands accused of dragging the woman, Yosandra Munoz-Corporan, out of her new boyfriend’s car her hair after she arrived late on March 31, 2019, to pick up their kids
Prosecutors say Acosta-Quezada then punched her in the face and started swinging wildly with the golf club and a baseball bat. The club head broke off after he smashed the vehicle’s windows and he then allegedly stabbed Munoz-Corporan in the thigh and abdomen with its jagged end.
“The defendant, acting out of both anger and rage, did take an everyday item, a golf club, and turned that item into a murder weapon,” Lehigh County Deputy District Attorney Kevin McCloskey said, according to the Allentown Morning Call.
Acosta-Quezada’s has argued that he was merely fending off multiple assailants who had hopped out of the car and began wrestling with him, and accidentally gored the woman with the fractured club.
“He explained that this was a tragedy, that this was horrible, but that he would never take the life of the mother of his two children,” his attorney, Robert Sletvold, said.
He said his client didn’t realize Munoz-Corporan was standing behind him when he swung the club. He said Acosta-Quezada immediately turned himself in when he discovered that she had died.
He faces life in prison if convicted.