An argument over a stolen PlayStation video game console led to the stabbing death of a 23-year-old man three years ago in Sacramento's Tahoe Park neighborhood, a prosecutor told a jury today.
Jesus Gallegos, now 23, is facing murder charges in the Feb. 14, 2010, killing of Triston Ashley Salladay, 23, at the victim's residence in the 3500 block of 53rd Street.
Deputy District Attorney Eric Kindall said in his opening statement that Salladay had complained to friends and neighbors about the theft of his PlayStation. KIndall said Gallegos confronted Salladay about the theft allegations and then fatally stabbed him in the ensuing argument.
The prosecutor said witnesses described Gallegos as a close friend of a neighborhood "fence" who was believed to be a dealer in stolen property.
In her opening statement, Assistant Public Defender Amy Rogers asked the jury to "watch carefully" and that the evidence will show that the killing was not a premeditated murder.
The trial is taking place in front of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White.