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Murder suspect to stand trial again in November

By From page A3 | September 27, 2012

Ricardo Cruz is shown in April 2011 in Solano County Superior Court.

Ricardo Cruz is shown in April 2011 in Solano County Superior Court.

FAIRFIELD — The suspect in a 2003 stabbing death of a retired nurse in her Fairfield home was ordered Wednesday to again stand trial on a murder charge starting Nov. 14.

Ricardo Cruz was arrested in 2011 after a sample of his DNA was matched to DNA obtained from under one of Kathryn Vitagliano’s fingernails during an autopsy. Vitagliano was fatally stabbed while she prepared a family Thanksgiving dinner alone at her Robin Drive home on Nov. 26, 2003.

Cruz, an ex-boyfriend of one of Vitagliano’s adult daughters, went through a monthlong jury trial that ended two weeks ago with a jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of a not-guilty verdict.

Cruz did not testify at his trial, but told police that he had been at his home asleep and sick on the day Vitagliano was killed.

Judge Peter B. Foor rejected a request by Cruz’s attorney to set bail.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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