NEW YORK. After reopening investigations of the cold case dating back to 1990 and being shelved, police and prosecutors arrested at the Kennedy airport, on their return from the Dominican Republic, on Thursday, August 18, 2016, and began to prosecute the Dominican Zunilda Rosario, 48 years old, for the shooting death of her boyfriend Juan de León, also a Dominican, and she reacted with compulsive jealousy, killing him in the belief that he was cheating on her with another.
Rosario, hiding in Providence, where she worked as a driver of a school bus and made cakes for weddings and social events in her house, to earn extra money.
María Luna, mother of de León, said at the trial that Zunilda was a screaming harpy and once pointed a gun at her son’s head.
The prosecutors began to present their evidence before the jury, yesterday, Thursday, the beginning of the trial.
Rosario had moved from Harlem and lived an idyllic life as a suburban mom in Providence, RI, working as a school bus driver and baking wedding cakes to earn extra money, until 2015, when a prison officer accused her of the murder of of Lion.
“She always told him she was going to kill him,” de León’s mother told jurors on Thursday.
“They were always fighting,” added Mrs. Luna testifying tearful through a Spanish interpreter.
“Because every time he left, she would get angry, she would always say bad things, ugly words, and always threaten him,” said the mother.
She reported that de León frequently had scratches on her because of the violent fights with Rosario.
Xiomara de León, sister of de León, also took the stand to testify against Rosario.
“She liked my boyfriends,” he answered when defense attorney Frank Rothman asked him if he had ever caught Rosario walking around with the father of Xiomara’s daughter.
The defense is trying to divert Rosario’s attention, using the same witnesses of the accusation to show that de León lived a dangerous life full of drugs, weapons and had more than one boyfriend at the same time.