Palm Bay man accused of stabbing, killing girlfriend claims self-defense, police say

Daniel Efrain Molina-Gonzalez, 38, faces charge of 2nd-degree murder with weapon

Daniel Efrain Monila-Gonzalez, 38 (Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

PALM BAY, Fla. – A 38-year-old man living in Palm Bay faces a murder charge after he was arrested and accused in the stabbing death of his girlfriend, police said.

Daniel Efrain Molina-Gonzalez called 911 Tuesday afternoon and said he had stabbed his girlfriend, according to a probable cause affidavit.

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Police and Palm Bay Fire Rescue found the woman on the kitchen floor lying next to a kitchen knife, the affidavit states.

According to the report, the woman suffered from multiple stab wounds, and was taken to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The woman was stabbed in the chest, abdomen, neck, shoulder and thigh, the affidavit said. Police also said she had what appeared to be defense wounds on her arms and hands.

Molina-Gonzalez told first responders that he “was trying to get her to stop from stabbing” him, police said.

He told police the incident began as a verbal dispute, when the woman armed herself with a knife and stabbed his right arm before he grabbed the knife in an attempt to disarm her.

According to the report, Molina-Gonzalez said the struggle over the blade ended as he and his girlfriend fell to the floor and he noticed the knife was in her neck and she had a stab wound in her chest. He told police he pulled the knife out of her neck and called 911.

According to the affidavit, Molina-Gonzalez could not explain how she sustained the additional stab wounds.

The 38-year-old was taken to Palm Bay Community Hospital for medical clearance before being transported to the Brevard County jail, where he remains on no bond. He is facing a charge of second-degree murder with a weapon.


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