April 20, 2009
Posted: 10:40 PM ET
GREELEY, Colorado–Jurors heard from accused killer Allen Andrade today in recorded jailhouse calls with two former girlfriends, Angie Tyree and Felicia Mendoza. A cavalier-sounding Andrade said he “can’t cry over spilt milk” regarding the brutal killing of transgender teen, Angie Zapata, last July. That call and three others, recorded in the days after his July 30th arrest, gave some insight into Andrade’s reaction to his plight.
Defendant Allen Andrade has cuffs removed before testimony resumes
“It not like I went up to a schoolteacher and shot her in the head…or like I killed a law-abiding straight citizen,” he told Tyree. Andrade said he could do “10 or 15 [years]” but that he hoped not to be imprisoned forever. At one point, Tyree scolded him: “You should’ve stayed home.” His response: “I know I should’ve stayed. I should’ve done a lot of things differently…shoulda, coulda, woulda.” Though no longer dating, the two were living together for about three months at the time of Andrade’s arrest.
In the days after Zapata’s death, Andrade reunited with former girlfriend Felicia Mendoza. On the stand Monday afternoon, Mendoza frequently looked to her left at Andrade; he rarely took his eyes off her. She described the two weeks between Zapata’s death and Andrade’s arrest. Andrade came to her home on July 17, 2008, the day Zapata was killed, in a Zapata’s PT Cruiser. Andrade said he bought it from someone at work. He bought her roses, gave her gifts of two purses (later recovered by police as having been stolen from Zapata), took her to a hotel one night and talked about planning a life together.
Mendoza’s world came crashing down on July 30, 2008 when Andrade was arrested outside her home. In three recorded jailhouse phone calls between them on July 30, August 1 and August 2, jurors heard an emotionally distraught Mendoza grill Andrade about the incident. “It was a mistake…somebody died…I met this female; at least I thought it was…I just snapped.” When asked to explain those two weeks in late July where their relationship blossomed, Andrade told her: “I knew our time was limited. I just wanted to make you happy.” When asked why he didn’t just leave Zapata’s apartment, Andrade explained: “It happened so fast…I couldn’t stop…it was over so fast.”
Andrade’s defense team maintains that he killed Zapata in a rage after learning that the woman he was with was biologically a male. The prosecution believes that Andrade knew for at least 36 hours, perhaps longer, that Zapata was a transgender female. A bit more evidence to support the prosecution was elicited on Monday when Mendoza confirmed to prosecutors that Andrade had been chatting with people on the bisexual side of the MocoSpace dating site. That site is where he met Zapata last July.
Jurors heard from 10 other witnesses on Monday, including the deputy coroner who performed an autopsy on Zapata. Jurors saw photos of Zapata’s skull fractured in several places. Lab agents who tested items from Zapata’s apartment testified that Andrade’s DNA was found on three items: a cigarette butt on a window sill which had a mixture of Zapata and Andrade’s DNA, one of Zapata’s purses that Andrade gave Mendoza, and a vibrator in Zapata’s bedroom that had Andrade’s DNA alone.
In Session’s coverage continues Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m.
–Beth Karas, In Session correspondent
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