Moments after Loidy G. Irrizari Marte stabbed Liunel Perez in the left shoulder and collarbone, a witness testified, she tried to give him CPR as he "puked blood" lying between two cars on the street outside her house.
Marte, 23, was held for court on first-degree murder charges by Judge Dawn Segal this morning after a preliminary hearing, despite her claims of self-defense leading to the stabbing.
A dozen of Perez' family members and friends in the audience listened as Marte's friend Oralis Hernandez testified today that she was watching TV around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 30 at Marte's home on the 6100 block of Hasbrook Avenue when Perez came into the house acting "aggressive" and asked where Marte was.
Hernandez said that Perez went up to Marte, who was making soup in the kitchen, and swiftly began to attack her.
"I heard a loud bang on the floor," Hernandez said. "It happened so fast. He was just dragging her all around the kitchen, like throwing her into the stove. In the moment I was screaming to let her go, he looked at me, and she was able to run away from him."
When Perez ran at Marte a moment later near the front door of the house she drew a knife and stabbed him in the left shoulder-collarbone area, Hernandez said.
"He tried to raise his hands to her neck and that's when she stabbed him," she testified.
Perez "puked blood" inside the house, Hernandez testified, and ran outside, with Marte following. Hernandez said after she called 911 she went outside and saw Marte attempting to administer CPR to Perez.
"She grabbed his head, tried to help him breath out his mouth," Hernandez said.
Defense attorney Robert Mozenter did not deny that Marte stabbed Perez fatally, but argued that Marte should not face charges higher than involuntary manslaughter and should be granted bail. Those requests were denied.
Mozenter pointed out that Perez, a mother of a 6-year-old daughter with no previous arrests, turned herself in to police.
Marte was arrested May 9, according to court records, several weeks after the murder took place.