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Dying Teen Helped Police Officers Locate Her Killers

Dying Teen Helped Police Officers Locate Her Killers

Two suspects, a 19-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman, were arrested in Modesto after Cuesta made a "very compelling dying declaration" about who stabbed her, Kelly said.

Daniel Gross, 19, and Melissa Leonardo, 25, have each been charged with one count of murder in connection with Cuesta's death early Monday, Alameda County court records show. Tracy Gross says her son worked with the victim and she blames her son's girlfriend for Cuesta's murder. There was all types of things that were said and done and I didn't put two and two together.

Fox40 reported that Gross, Leonardo, and Cuesta were friends.

Gross appeared in court on Thursday for the second day in a row before Judge Gordon Baranco in red jail clothes, handcuffed to shackles around his waist.

"I didn't plan to do this at all", Gross said while behind a glass partition at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

Investigators with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office found a rope at the spot where Cuesta was abandoned in Livermore.

Cuesta died from multiple stab wounds Monday, after she was discovered by the side of Tesla Road in unincorporated area of Alameda County.

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Gross said the confrontation Monday happened after he and Cuesta had sex in the back of his fiancee, Melissa Leonardo's, vehicle as Leonardo drove.

He said that he and Cuesta had engaged in sexual acts in a vehicle while Leonardo drove, after all three had smoked marijuana.

Daniel Shriro, attorney for Leonardo, said he has not received any information such as police reports or discovery about the case yet.

The trio had met at a Carl's Jr.in Tracy where Cuesta joined as an employee about five months ago. Gross said he and Leonardo were shift leaders, while Cuesta took orders.

Police are still investigating the possible motives for the crime, while a GoFundMe donation page has been set up for the victim's family.

"I'd rather not get into that", he said several times during the interview. A knife, Gross alleges, he gave to Cuesta because she was scared about skateboarding in Tracy.

"I'm not mad at her", he said.


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