Detective testifies about statements made in interrogation — (San Bernadino Sun)

SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants, valium, other meds is paranoid, shoots and kils wife and grandson.

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The San Bernadino Sun


A man fatally shot his wife and her grandson inside their Loma Linda home because he thought they were laughing at him and conspiring against him, a sheriff’s detective testified in San Bernardino Superior Court on Thursday.
Detective Carlos Espinoza told Judge Robert W. Armstrong about statements 58-year-old Joseph Sisneros made during an interrogation shortly after the March 13 double homicide.
Sisneros reportedly told investigators details of what he said to his 56-year-old wife, Jacqueline McVoy Sisneros, and her 16-year-old grandson, Gilbert Ray Gutierrez before they were killed.
Espinoza said Sisneros told the grandson, “This is for all the misery you’ve caused me, flattening my tires and all this (expletive).’
Gilbert died of multiple gunshot wounds from a semi-automatic 9mm handgun.
Espinoza said after Gilbert was killed, Sisneros walked down the hallway of his Mission Road home, held the gun behind a pillow and shot his wife.
“This is for all the misery you’ve caused me,’ Sisneros reportedly said.
Gilbert’s 14-year-old sister, Amy, was lying in her grandmother’s room when the shooting occurred, Espinoza said.
“He told Amy not to worry,’ Espinoza said. “He was not going to harm her because she was nice.’
Sisneros told detectives he began having marital problems four months earlier when his wife’s daughter and two children moved into their home from Arkansas, Espinoza said.
Sisneros told detectives that he and his wife were planning on retiring and buying property, but that because of family problems he was going to end up on the street.
He started crying during the interview, Espinoza said.
McVoy Sisneros had told her husband that he had to leave the house after they had some disagreements, Espinoza said.
After hearing the detective’s testimony, Armstrong ruled there was sufficient evidence to support the two murder charges prosecutors filed against Sisneros.
He is due back in court for arraignment Tuesday.
Deputy District Attorney Lewis Cope told the judge that the District Attorney’s Office had not decided whether to seek special circumstances against Sisneros.
Those charges would make Sisneros eligible for a life sentence without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
Sisneros’ attorney, Randall Isaeff, questioned Espinoza about medication Sisneros told the detectives he took the day of the shootings.
The morning of the killings, Sisneros said he took medication for his diabetes and toward the end of the day, he taken three or four valium, and three other medications for depression and anxiety.
However, Espinoza testified that during the interview, Sisneros did not appear to be impaired mentally or physically by any medication.