A Parsippany man charged with stabbing another man to death in a fight over a girlfriend will remain in jail ahead of trial, a Morris County judge ruled on Thursday.
Edilson D. Trejo, 21, will remain in the Morris County Correctional Facility as manslaughter, weapons offenses, endangering the welfare of children and hindering apprehension charges against him are pending, Judge Thomas J. Critchley ruled.
Trejo is accused of stabbing a man, identified in court documents as B.C., to death during a fight inside Trejo’s apartment.
Records say B.C. was making romantic advances to Trejo’s girlfriend inside the home the couple shared. NThe woman asked him to leave, citing Trejo’s jealousy, records show.
Trejo entered the apartment before the other man could leave, spurring a verbal argument that turned physical when B.C. pulled out a knife, defense attorney Brittany Calzone said.
“We all heard the phrase, ‘someone brought a knife to a fist fight,’ and that’s unfortunately exactly what the victim did here,” Calzone said.
After a struggle, Trejo allegedly grabbed the knife away from B.C. and used it to stab him to death. Trejo then cleaned up and walked about a quarter of a mile away from the apartment, where he was arrested without incident, Calzone said.
Calzone argued that Trejo acted in self-defense and should be released on home detention. Critchley said he was not certain the self-defense claim was viable, but would take it into consideration.
“I have the impression, but maybe not a final finding, that multiple stab wounds speak of anger but not a self-defense. Ironically, that was predicted by the young lady involved,” Critchley said.
Trejo and his girlfriend have been together for six years, and have lived in their Parsippany apartment for about a year, Calzone said.
Two children, ages three months and 9 years, were in the room during the stabbing but are not related to Trejo, his girlfriend, or B.C., Calzone said. They are family friends who had been staying with him.
Critchley cited the severity of the crime and the possibility Trejo would flee as reasons for keeping him detained. Trejo does not have a prior criminal record.
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