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Jury Deliberating Fate of Man Charged In Mass-Murder

October 25, 1990

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) _ A jury has begun deliberations in the case of a winery worker charged with the slaughter of seven people, including his wife and two of his three daughters, whose throats were slashed.

Ramon Salcido could get the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

Jurors got the case Wednesday in San Mateo County Superior Court.

The prosecution has portrayed Salcido, charged with seven counts of murder and three of attempted murder, as methodically butchering the victims in April 1989 in the wine country of Sonoma County. He was later arrested in his native Mexico.

Salcido’s defense attorney asked the jury to spare Salcido’s life by finding him guilty on lesser counts of second-degree murder or manslaughter. He argued that his client was in a ″psychotic depression″ caused by drugs and alcohol and hadn’t planned the killings.

Salcido, 29, is charged with shooting his wife and cutting the throats of their three daughters. Sofia, 4, and Teresa, 22 months, died. Carmina, then 2, survived.

He also is accused of stabbing to death his mother-in-law, Marian Richards, 47, and killing her daughters Ruth, 12, and Marie, 8. He is also charged with shooting to death co-worker Tracey Toovey, 35.

He is accused of three counts of attempted murder for attacks on his daughter Carmina; another co-worker, Kenneth Butti; and Butti’s wife, Terri.

The trial was moved to San Mateo County because of publicity in Sonoma County.