$1 Million Bond for Teen Accused of Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend to Death
POSTED: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 3:20pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 3:20pm
The bond was increased to $1million, but Javier de la Rosa’s mother and friends insist the boy is innocent.
"Mi hijo es inocente. Estoy 100% segura."
Lucy de la Rosa stands by his son. She says she knows her 16-year-old boy did not kill 17-year-old, Tiffany Galvan, last August.
"Con el favor de Dios, todo se va a resolver."
De la Rosa is accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend 48 times. The teen's body was found August 25, 2010, near Benavides Park on Browne and California Roads. Authorities say the suspect was seen at the scene then leaving the area. A Brownsville resident phoned authorities after finding the girl's body.
At the arraignment today, not only did Galvan’s family show up. De la Rosa’s family, friends and teammates were also there to support the former Lopez High School football player.
"I think he's innocent. He’s not capable of doing that."
Originally, the teen's bond was set at $500,000, but prosecutors requested a higher bond for the type of crime de la Rosa allegedly committed. Prosecutors also believe the 16-year-old may attempt to flee the area if he bonded out and they didn't believe he should be let out due to his criminal record.
"He’s had two referrals prior to this. The last one that you dealt with was for murder. The first one was a referral for bringing a prohibited weapon to school, your honor."
Investigators say Galvan and de la Rosa were dating before the murder. De la Rosa will stand trial as an adult. If convicted for the three counts of capital murder, he faces life in prison.
A pre-trial hearing was set for the end of May.