SAN DIEGO, California – As prosecutors read graphic details of Raquel Morales’ death last Friday, Leopoldo Pacuan, the LBC express courier accused of murdering his coworker pleaded not guilty at a San Diego courthouse.
Members of Raquel’s family filled several rows inside the courtroom, with many of them emotional, especially the victim’s sister who collapsed during the hearing.
Raquel’s husband told Balitang America outside the courtroom that hearing the details of the alleged murder was very difficult.
“During the transaction the defendant tried to rob the victim of the company’s money,” said Deputy District Attorney Amy Maund.
“When this was unsuccessful, he decided to kill her. She suffered eight stab wounds, two wounds to the heart, broken ribs, fractured vertebrae and blunt force trauma to the head. He left her to die on the business floor but not before taking her wedding ring, purse, cell phone and other personal items."
Pacuan, who has worked for LBC since 2009, was arrested days after the 63-year-old Morales was found dead inside the store on May 18.
Morales was described as a well-loved loyal employee of 13 years.
According to Morales’ husband, Raquel worked inside the store while Pacuan was a courier. They only knew each other through work.
Prosecutors successfully argued for a million dollar bail, and travel restrictions in the event that Pacuan is able to post it.
Prosecutors say the investigation is still on-going but would not give further details.
Pacuan remains in custody and is due back in court next week.