A California man is accused of stabbing a 19-year-old female coworker and leaving her on the side of a remote road. Daniel Gross is also 19 and a Carls Jr. employee but he says he didn't mean to kill her and that he just "snapped".
"I didn't plan to do this at all," Gross said during an interview from Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. "I feel like s-. I f- hate myself, you know? I wish I could go back in time and that this never happened."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"I snapped." Man accused of fatally stabbing his friend & <a href="https://twitter.com/CarlsJr?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CarlsJr</a> co-worker says he never intended to hurt or kill her. My exclusive jailhouse interview 4,5,6p <a href="https://twitter.com/KTVU?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KTVU</a> Story: <a href="https://t.co/xXGt4LWeor">https://t.co/xXGt4LWeor</a> <a href="https://t.co/hdXKushQl5">pic.twitter.com/hdXKushQl5</a></p>— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) <a href="https://twitter.com/henrykleeKTVU/status/963886605399240704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 14, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Authorities say 19-year-old Lizette Cuesta died of stab wounds early Monday and was found by motorists crawling on her stomach on Tesla Road. When asked about how Cuesta died, Gross would reply, "I'd rather not get into that."
He claims he acted in self-defense after Cuesta elbowed him in the ribs. Gross did acknowledge he reacted but did not elaborate further. "It just happened like this," he said indicating the two weren't even arguing at the time.
Gross Cuesta was armed with a knife he gave her and she didn't come at him with the weapon, only her elbows. "I gave her the knife," he said. "She didn't feel safe skating in Tracy. I protected her."
The confrontation happened outside in Livermore after he and Cuesta had sex in the back of Leonardo's car as Leonardo drove. They were all three smoking marijuana that night according to Gross.
During the sex, Gross admitted he had tied her up with a yellow rope, with her consent, and a yellow rope was found at the scene near where they left the victim on the side of the road.
Gross said he was unaware that Cuesta had crawled 100 yards and clung to life for two hours. She managed to tell first responders and motorists that the couple attacked her. "I'm not mad at her", he said.
Gross and Leonardo made their first court appearance Wednesday afternoon as members of the victim's family shouted, "you'll get what you deserve."
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