BRIGHTON — The man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a 14-year-old girl last December will stand trial, the Adams County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday, March 8.
Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos, 24, was ordered to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder and sexual assault after a preliminary hearing in Adams County Court last week, according to a news release from D.A. office spokeswoman Sue Lindsay.
Padilla-Villalobos is charged in the Dec. 23, 2012, stabbing death of a 14-year-old girl in the 8600 block of Verbena Street.
Padilla-Villalobos turned himself into police following the incident. He is scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. May 6. He is being held without bond.
According to a statement by Commerce City police, officers received a 911 call from Padilla-Villalobos “who said he had just killed someone, and wanted to turn himself in.” Police say Padilla-Villalobos was cooperative and gave the location of the girl’s body near a stable where Padilla-Villalobos was working earlier in the day.
The victim was 14-year-old Gabriela “Gaby” Acosta, the sister of Padilla-Villalobos’ fiancé, FlorMaria Acosta.