He got into an argument with his ex-partner’s boyfriend about how to load children’s bikes into the back of the truck. The new boyfriend ended up dead and now the former lover will head to prison.
Recently, a New Mexico judge sentenced Salvador Gonzales to nine years in prison for the killing of Juan Ruiz Flores on April 25, 2020. Gonzales was convicted of murder in January, according to KFOX.
Police said the incident started after Gonzales bought new bikes for his children.
That is when Gonzales’ former partner, and mother to the children, came to pick up the children, according to the Las Cruces Sun News. Flores came along to the home.
Flores then helped load the bikes into his truck after Gonzales refused, according to the Sun News.
The two men exchanged words and then started to argue, according to the newspaper. That escalated into a fistfight. Gonzales pulled out a knife and stabbed Flores.
Gonzales admitted to the police that he stabbed the victim but said it was in self-defense, according to the Sun News. He said Flores grabbed a 2 X 4 from his truck and hit him twice. Gonzales then took out the knife and stabbed the victim twice.
Flores was taken to the hospital, where he died.
The prosecution showed the jury a video during the trial and raised questions about the self-defense claims, the Sun News reported.
"There was no two-by-four in that video," prosecutor Samuel Rosten said, according to the Sun News.
Prosecutors also noted that Gonzales never told police that he was afraid for his life when he stabbed the victim to death.
"He stabbed (Flores) over and over and over and over and over and over again," Rosten said, the newspaper reported. "At no point did (Gonzales) testify that he was in fear of great bodily harm."