Inside a packed northern Virginia courtroom Wednesday, jurors in the Vanessa Pham murder trial watched her accused killer confess to the brutal crime in a videotaped interrogation by Fairfax County police detectives.
Pham, of Vienna, was stabbed to death inside her car in Falls Church three years ago.
Guatemalan immigrant Julio Miguel Blanco Garcia was arrested last December.
"I just want to be as cooperative as I can," Blanco Garcia says to detective Robert Bond.
But he at first denied knowing the 19-year-old victim.
"I don't know any Vanessa," Blanco Garcia tells Bond.
"You don't know Vanessa?" the detective asks.
"No," says the 27-year-old construction worker.
He changes his tune moments later.
"I heard of Vanessa. It was all over the news. She got murdered. Is that was this is about?" he asks Bind.
"Oh God," he says when he realizes they are asking about the murder from June 27, 2010.
Pham was repeatedly stabbed in the chest and neck as she drove out of Fairfax Plaza Shopping Center.
Detectives say they found Blanco Garcia's fingerprints on a knife handle found in Pham's car along with a baby bottle and diapers.
The accused denies being in that shopping center on that day, but police had surveillance video of Blanco Garcia pushing his baby daughter in a stroller at the shopping plaza the afternoon of the murder.
Soon, Detective Bond gets Blanco Garcia to confess that he did in fact murder Pham. He claims he was high on PCP at the time.
"I'm not a bad guy," he tells the detective. "I was just so high that time that I saw her and then I asked her for a ride to the hospital. And then, I just don't know what happened. I grabbed the knife and I -- that's all I remember."
He goes on to say: "And I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to. I'm going to miss my family. You know I've changed my life ever since then. But God is not going to forgive what I did."
Asked why he killed Pham, Blanco Garcia says he just snapped after she agreed to give him and his daughter that ride to the hospital.
"She took the wrong way, and in my mind, because I was hallucinating, I thought she was going to do something,” he says. “I don't know what she was going to do, but I can barely remember. And that's when I -- I just did what I did, you know? Took the knife. But I'm really sorry for what happened, you know?”
Detective Bond presses for details.
"Where did you stab her?" he asks.
Blanco Garcia: "In her chest."
Detective Bond: "How many times did you stab her?"
Blanco Garcia: "I don't remember. Maybe a couple of times."
Detective Bond: "What was she doing when you stabbed her?"
Blanco Garcia: "She was crying."
Detective Bond: "Did she tell you to stop?"
Blanco Garcia: "She didn't say anything."
Blanco Garcia was charged with murder later that night on December 13, 2012.
Late Wednesday, the prosecution rested its case. The defense takes over Thursday. Its main argument: it was not a pre-meditated murder.
According to DailyMailOnline, it was revealed that Blanco-Garcia could have deported months before the murder after he was held at the Fairfax County jail for a few hours on a public intoxication charge in 2010.
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