"It's not right:" Dad of suspect accused of killing Grafton man speaks out in court
GRAFTON (CBS 58) -- The California woman accused of stabbing and killing a Grafton man waived her preliminary hearing on Friday.
Crystal Gutierrez, 18, is facing one count of first-degree intentional homicide. Her family who flew out from California was also there and during her appearance, her father spoke out.
"You should tell her story!" said her father in court.
At one point, the bailiff came over to talk to him.
"By signing this document you are indicating to the court that you wish to waive your right to a preliminary hearing is how you wish to proceed?" asked Judge Sandy Williams. Gutierrez replied, "Yes, your honor."
Her dad then stated, "It's not right."
It's been exactly one week since investigators were called out to the Grafton home. Gutierrez's mom told dispatch that her daughter needed help. When police got to the house, they found Gutierrez wearing a t-shirt and was naked from the waist down.
She was covered in blood and screaming for help. She told the police, "the family was standing around her." According to court documents, she began stabbing the victim, Brent Fitch, 34 and when investigators asked what she stabbed him with she indicated scissors and a knife. Fitch was found lying face down in one of the bedrooms.
During Gutierrez's first court appearance, her attorney hinted that there may be more to the story.
“There is a lot of indication that Ms. Gutierrez is a victim and she needs to start getting mental health help but it’s limited in the jail," said Rachel Boaz, defense attorney.
Gutierrez will be in court for her arraignment on June 11.