Danger Hearing for Fitchburg Woman Charged in Connection with Stabbing Death is Rescheduled
FITCHBURG -- The dangerousness hearing for the city woman charged after her girlfriend was found Tuesday night lying in the street suffering from fatal stab wounds was delayed until next week.
Wanda Liz Gonzalez, 33, was arraigned via videoconference Wednesday in her hospital bed at UMass Memorial Medial Center in Worcester. She was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault and battery and ordered held without bail.
Gonzalez, who was also found with lacerations on her neck, was scheduled to appear for a dangerousness hearing in District Court Friday. The hearing was delayed to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in District Court at the request of Gonzalez’s attorney, John Swomley.
Swomley said in a motion filed in District Court that he needs more time to gather witness statements and medical records. The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether Gonzalez will be detained before trial because she is too dangerous to release or poses a flight risk.
On Tuesday, police received two 911 calls around 10:17 p.m. for a person hit by a car. Gonzalez’s girlfriend, Jennifer Narvaez-Colon, 34, was found lying in the street outside the 35 Wanoosnoc Road apartment they shared suffering from apparent stab wounds.
Narvaez-Colon’s three children -- aged 13, 11 and 8 -- were surrounding their mother attempting to render first aid when police arrived on scene, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Police found a large amount of blood in the kitchen, living room, kitchen, stairs and bedroom of the apartment, according to a police report. Gonzalez was found in a bedroom in their home bleeding heavily from wounds to her head and neck.
Police say a “witness known to the Commonwealth” saw Gonzalez on top of Narvaez-Colon stabbing her outside the rear door of the apartment, according to the report.
Narvaez-Colon was taken to UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital in Leominster then transported to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, where he was pronounced dead just after midnight.
At her hospital bed arraignment, Swomley pointed out lacerations on both sides of Gonzalez’s neck, according to the Telegram & Gazette. The paper reported that Swomley alleged “the decedent took a knife and sliced her throat repeatedly.” He also said his client’s hand was injured when she tried to take the knife away from her attacker.
Assistant District Attorney Courtney Sans, arguing Gonzalez should be held without bail, alleged that Gonzalez had been involved in a domestic assault in Puerto Rico in 2017, according to the Telegram & Gazette. Sans said her office hasn’t gotten records for that reported incident.