ST. AUGUSTINE — A judge ruled that jurors will be able to see a menacing looking knife that prosecutors say Toledo tossed out the window of his car when he spotted a deputy at his home the day he is accused of killing his wife and her two children.
Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano ruled Friday morning that prosecutors Mark Johnson and Ryan Will would be allowed to show the jurors the knife.
“I’m going to find that the knife is relevant in this case and it’s not substantially prejudicial to the defendant,” Zambrano said.
Toledo, 35, is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Yessenia Suarez, 28, and two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Thalia, 9, and Michael, 8. If convicted of killing either of the children, Toledo could face the death penalty. Toledo is a former high-ranking member
In the recording — issued by Seattle police — officers can be heard shouting, “Hey! Get back! Get back!” before an eruption of gunfire. A child is crying in the background.
The officers arrived at 30-year-old Charleena Lyles’ fourth-floor Magnuson Park apartment around 10 a.m. Sunday after she called to report a burglary, according to the Seattle Police Department’s online crime-blotter page. At some point, Lyles displayed a knife — and both responding officers opened fire, killing her.
Family members told the paper that the woman was several months pregnant and had been struggling with mental-health issues for about a year, according to The Seattle Times. They said she had expressed concerns that authorities would take her children — adding that one of them
A man was shot in the torso as he chased people with a knife Friday afternoon on Monterrey Boulevard, Baton Rouge police said.
The incident happened at 12:11 p.m. outside a residence at 2075 Monterrey Blvd., said Sgt. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman. McKneely said the shooter was one of the people being chased by the man, who was intoxicated and holding a knife.
The man was taken to a hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound. McKneely was unsure of his conditon Friday evening.
“The guy who actually did the shooting did not leave the scene,” McKneely said, adding that the gun used in the shooting was also recovered at the scene. The shooter was detained for questioning and later released.