|For Immediate Release
Case # 10CF0832
April 7, 2010
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
WIFE CHARGED WITH STABBING-MURDER OF HUSBAND AFTER EASTER PARTY FIGHT
SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed charges today against a wife for the stabbing-murder of her husband after an Easter party fight. Janeth Hernandez, 29, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count murder and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, April 7, 2010, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
On April 4, 2010, Hernandez and her husband Carlos Humberto Vallejo were scheduled to go to a family event for Easter, but they did not attend. That night, Hernandez is accused of attending a different party with her husband in Santa Ana. After midnight, Hernandez is accused of leaving the party without her husband and driving home. She is accused of later returning to the party to pick up Vallejo and drive him home.
Early in the morning of April 5, 2010, Hernandez is accused of arriving home with Vallejo. While family members were asleep inside the house, Hernandez is accused of verbally fighting with her husband. Family members, who heard screaming and a thud, walked in to the room to find Vallejo on the floor and bleeding profusely from the leg. A family member called 9-1-1 while the other family members tried to assist the victim. Vallejo died at the scene.
The Santa Ana Police Department responded to the call, took Hernandez into custody, and investigated the case.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Larry Yellin of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.