Trial begins for man accused of killing wife and fleeing with daughter

October 9, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - Testimony begins Wednesday morning in the trial of an undocumented immigrant accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend, seriously wounded her best friend and fleeing the state with their 6-year-old daughter.

Oscar “Ziggy” Hernandez is facing a 12-member jury and Superior Court Judge Kevin Russo charged with murder, attempted murder, first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Hernandez had been living with his girlfriend, 26-year-old Nidia “Yubi” Gonzalez, and their 6-year-old daughter Aylin, in a small, two-bedroom basement apartment on Greenwood Street when in the early morning of Feb. 24, 2017, police said Hernandez fatally stabbed Gonzalez in a jealous rage and wounded her friend.

Hernandez then fled with his daughter leading police on a three-state pursuit before finally crashing in central Pennsylvania.

Hernandez, who worked at a Stamford deli, was previously convicted of choking an estranged wife in their apartment in 2008 on Stamford’s East Side. Hernandez was deported in 2013.

But authorities said he illegally returned to the U.S.

If convicted of the charges against him Hernandez could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.

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