A man pleads guilty on Thursday to charges of voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon for stabbing two men, killing one of them after a Halloween party.
Raymundo Juarez Ochoa, 21, will be sentenced on June 2 in Chula Vista Supreme court to 11 years in state prison for killing 20-year-old Deandre Bethel and wounding a 21-year- old man on Oct. 30, 2020.
According to the Chula Vista Police Department, the stabbings occurred in the 400 block of East Oxford Street, near Oleander Avenue. Deputy District Attorney Carder Chan alleged that Ochoa and Bethel got into an argument while the three men were in a car after leaving the party.
At some point during the car ride, Ochoa took out a handgun and pointed it at Bethel, Chan alleged. The driver pulled over and took the gun from the defendant, prompting Ochoa and Bethel to get out of the car and begin fighting, prosecutors said.
After Bethel pushed the defendant to the ground, Ochoa took out a knife and stabbed Bethel four times. The other victim grabbed Bethel from behind to try to pull him away and was stabbed twice in the rib area by Ochoa, according to Chan.
Both victims were taken to an area hospital, where Bethel was pronounced dead.
Ochoa was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at his home two days later.