Prosecutors played recorded testimony in court of a Florida woman who faces charges in a Deerfield Beach RV park standoff that ended with her husband stabbing his entire family. Deanna DeJesus, 38, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated manslaughter and child neglect.
Prosecutors played recorded testimony in court of a Florida woman who faces charges in a Deerfield Beach RV park standoff that ended with her husband stabbing his entire family.
Deanna DeJesus, 38, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated manslaughter and child neglect. She remains behind bars on $350,000 bond in the Feb. 9 incident at the Highland Woods RV Park.
William DeJesus, 41, who was an Oxycodone addict and who was found to have cocaine in his body, shot and killed 76-year-old Ovila Plante, then took Plante's girlfriend, Pierrette Beauchemin, hostage in the couple's RV, police said. He also stabbed his 9-year-old and 7-year-old sons several times. Deanna DeJesus didn't stop the stabbing of her children, and "protested only when her husband stabbed her," authorities said.
“He was looking at all the cars and the people he thought they were going to hurt us. I’m like ‘Honey no, you're hallucinating. You're withdrawing. It's your medicine that's making you feel like that,” Deanna DeJesus said in the testimony.
In court, she sobbed as prosecutors played two recorded conversations she had with authorities after the standoff.
A Broward Sheriff's Office detective testified that she told him everything happened so fast and she couldn’t do anything.
"William actually looked at Deanna and said which one do you want me to do first, referring to the kids. This is while he's holding the knives and the guns in his hands,” he said.
While SWAT tried to talk to William DeJesus, he killed one of his sons and severely injured his other child, who, prosecutors say, managed to survive by fighting back in a way his brother could not.
Prosecutors claim their mother just stood there without trying to defend her children. The defense claims Deanna DeJesus couldn't defend her kids because she had been stabbed as well.