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Teen charged as adult in Escondido knife-attack case

ESCONDIDO — A second teenage girl accused in the vicious home invasion attack on a 14-year-old girl was arraigned Dec. 24 on a multitude of charges, including attempted murder, a prosecutor said.
Like her co-defendant — 14-year-old Jovana Gudino — Karina Amador is charged with attempted murder, torture, assault with force likely to product great bodily injury, residential burglary and dissuading a witness relating to the May 3 attack on the teenager in her Escondido home on Goldenrod Street.
Amador faces an additional count of misdemeanor battery relating to an incident the week prior to the knife attack, Deputy District Attorney Kristie Nikoletich said. Because of the torture charge, each girl faces up to life in prison if convicted, Nikoletich said.
A third suspect’s case, a 14-year-old boy accused of participating in the assault, will remain in Juvenile Court. While he faces the same charges as the girls, he would only be held in custody until he was 25 if convicted of all the charges.
Superior Court Judge Theodore Weathers ruled Dec. 22 Amador’s case was unfit for Juvenile Court.
Prosecutors allege the attack stemmed from Amador and the victim liking the same boy. Nikoletich said it was Amador who asked the two other suspects for help with the attack. After rushing into the victim’s house, Nikoletich said both girls repeatedly punched the victim in her face and head. Once in the victim’s bedroom, Gudino pulled out a knife and dragged it down the victim’s thigh, the prosecutor said.
Nikoletich said Amador is the one who stabbed the girl. The lawyer said the victim suffered at least three stab wounds — two in the abdomen and one in the back. Following the attack, Nikoletich said Amador told the victim “not to snitch or that the next attack would be worse.”
The victim, who has recovered from the attack, was treated at Rady Children’s Hospital for life-threatening injuries.
Amador and Gudino remain in custody on $2 million bail. Their next scheduled court appearance is Jan. 15. A preliminary hearing date was set for Feb. 3.


Justice September 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm

While everybody understands that at that age someones prefrontal cortex is not yet fully developed, this kind of behavior can be abated with a proper upbringing. The sad part is that the parents of these budding gangbangers are not in jail for life as well. There supporters are clear examples of why rehabilitation does not work.

the gurlies♥ October 26, 2010 at 7:07 pm

these gurlies DEFINATLY need to be set FREE!no one’s PERFECT so i dont understand why yooh IDIOTS speak a bunch of NONSINCE stop being HATERS.i know for sure if YOOH were in there position yooh’d WANT to recieve a SECOND chance aswell!yooh should honestly get to know these gurlies before yooh speak yoohr CRAP!

mar2216 August 2, 2010 at 6:22 am

these two criminals have pled guilty and will spend serious time behind bars.

stev552 August 2, 2010 at 6:19 am

these two little monsters will be spending a long long time behind bars.

Seriously????? July 22, 2010 at 6:07 am

Both of you sound like idiots. They’re getting what they deserve.

anonymous March 5, 2010 at 3:59 pm

i MISS KARINA SO much I Love that women we miss u joviS WILL I MEET u WHEN I WAS iN the hall AND You ARE A DOWN ASS girl To kick iT WIth DAMMM THAT SHiT WAS FucKin sAD SEEIng yOuR MOm ANd dad a teLLing u THAT They mISS U ANd tHey Want u back HOME!!!!! and your family MISs U To They sHOULD give you GuYS A SeCONd chanSE eveRyone NEEds A SeCOND CHANCE i loVE U gUYS DoNt fOrGeT that WOMeS:) come hOME I LOVE U STEP-ON-ME

anonymous March 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I Miss My Girls Karina & Jovana You’ll Bee Out Soon trust me you will

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