Man who told police he killed girl now faces murder charge

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – A man who told police he killed a 14-year-old Commerce City girl now faces charges including first-degree murder, prosecutors said Friday.

Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos also faces a charge of felony murder and five counts of sexual assault, said the Adams County District Attorney’s Office.

Padilla-Villalobos, 24, allegedly called police on December 25 to say he had killed his fiancé’s little sister Gabriela Acosta.

According to court documents Padilla-Villalobos had ingested alcohol and cocaine Sunday night. His fiancé, FlorMaria Acosta sent him a text message asking him to pick up 14-year-old Gabriela Acosta from a family apartment in Broomfield.

Court documents say Padilla-Villalobos told police he had bad thoughts as they were driving. He took the girl to the area of 8690 Verbina Street in Commerce City and stabbed her to death.

FlorMaria Acosta told FOX31 Denver she feels responsible for the teen’s death.

“It’s hard. She was just 14,” FlorMaria said. “She was a really sweet girl and she would always make me laugh. I feel like it’s all my fault. I feel like it’s my fault she died.”

When talking about Padilla-Villalobos, FlorMaria said, “It’s really hard for me because he’s the father of my baby and I just don’t have words to explain the emotion that I have for him.”

Padilla-Villalobos next court date is March 8.