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Woman accused of fatally stabbing trucker on California interstate must stand trial for murder


A woman who is accused of stabbing a truck driver to death last year will stand trial for murder, according to a California judge.

Twenty-four year old Vanessa Ruvalcaba has been ordered to stand trial on homicide charges after Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Mandio ruled on June 19 that there was sufficient evidence to move forward.

Ruvalcaba remains in the Robert Presley Jail on a $1 million bond as she awaits a July 10 hearing.

The charges against Ruvalcaba stem from an incident that occurred on the morning of April 20, 2019 in Lake Elsinore, California.

Witnesses spotted Ruvalcaba running away from a bobtail truck parked along the shoulder of I-15 and called police.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office were able to locate and detain Ruvalcaba near the truck.

CHP found 32 year old truck driver Hosbaldo Davila Jr. suffering from stab wounds inside the truck.

“After an examination of the bobtail truck, an adult male was located severely injured while sitting in the driver’s seat of the truck. The male adult was pronounced deceased from wounds consistent from a stabbing,” CHP wrote.

The motive for the attack remains unclear and authorities have not explained why Davila was parked on I-15.

Ruvalcaba previously pled not guilty in May 2019.


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