A man suspected of stabbing a Killeen woman to death with a machete is now in Bell County after being extradited from California.
David Michael Vega, 28, arrived at Bell County Jail early Tuesday, according to jail records. Vega was transported from Turlock, Calif., where law enforcement apprehended him Oct. 11.
Vega was charged with murder in the Aug. 17 stabbing death of 30-year-old Danielle Acosta-Guerrero. Witnesses spotted Vega at the scene, though he managed to escape through a back window of Acosta-Guerrero’s home before local police could detain him.
Vega was the ex-boyfriend of Acosta-Guerrero, according to court documents.
The night of the homicide, a man had been jogging down the 2400 block of Haven Drive when he heard screams for help coming from a nearby home.
The jogger knocked on the door but got no response. He then went to a neighboring home and told the homeowner what he had heard.
The two men then went back over to Acosta-Guerrero’s home and saw a light turn on in the bedroom. The neighbor knew Vega and saw him in the bedroom looking at the floor, court documents state.
They then knocked on the front door. Vega answered with what appeared to be blood on his face, and refused to exit the home, the documents state.
Moments later, the two men heard dogs barking from behind the residence and surmised that Vega had fled out the back door.
When police arrived, they searched the perimeter of the home and found an open window at the back of the house. Police looked inside and saw an injured woman on the floor, the documents state.
Officers entered the home and found Acosta-Guerrero lying on the floor covered in blood with several lacerations to her body, including a large stab wound to her neck, the documents state. Police found a machete near her body.
Vega, a Fort Hood soldier, also is accused of assaulting Acosta-Guerrero’s 6-year-old son, though no further charges have been filed.
Jail records list Vega as homeless. His bail has been set at $1 million.
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