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Prosecutors show investigation video during Garibay murder trial

Garibay story differed from his son's testimony
Posted at 6:17 PM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 21:17:09-05

Trial continued Wednesday for the Bakersfield man, who prosecutors say confessed to killing his wife and hiding her body in Ojai, California.

46-year-old Gonzalo Garibay is facing a murder charge for killing Rosa Garibay last year.

Wednesday in court, the prosecutors showed a video of Gonzalo Garibay talking with investigators four days after Rosa Garibay’s death on July 20, 2016. When the conversation started with Bakersfield Police officers it was a missing person case and Gonzalo Garibay was not under arrest.

At the start of the questioning, Garibay recalled the day he said he killed his wife Rosa differently than how his adult son, Jason, testified Tuesday. Garibay described interactions between him and his wife as a lot more calmly than the loud argument his son had described.

When Gonzalo said something in the video that differed with Jason's testimony, Rosa’s sisters in the courtroom became emotional. Their eyes teared up and one even buried her face in her hands.
Rosa’s friends and family told 23 ABC it was tough for them to watch the video of Gonzalo Garibay talking with investigators. And they describe the video as sad.
Wednesday's entire day in court was spent watching over four hours worth of the video.
According to the police report, Gonzalo Garibay’s son, Jason, wrote  a letter to his dad telling him to be honest with the investigators and to let them know what happened to his mom.
Prosecutors hope to finish the video when court is scheduled to continue Thursday morning. 


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