February 13, 2014

Bloody knife, clothing found in TCU slaying suspect’s house, affidavit says

David Hidalgo, formally charged Tuesday in the fatal stabbing of TCU senior Stewart Trese, remains in the Tarrant County Jail.

Police found bloody clothing and a bloody knife inside the home of a 21-year-old man accused in the fatal stabbing of a TCU student last week, court documents show.

The information is in a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram on Thursday and written by police seeking a DNA sample from the suspect, David Hidalgo.

Homicide Detective J.T. Rhoden wrote in the affidavit that he believed DNA testing on the knife and clothing will reveal a mixture of Hidalgo’s DNA profile and that of Stewart Trese, the TCU senior who was killed.

Hidalgo was charged with murder Tuesday and remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday with bail set at $100,000.

Court records did not indicate whether Hidalgo has retained an attorney.

Both arrest and search warrants say Hidalgo’s mother, Sandra Cardona, turned her son in to TCU police.

According to the warrants, Cardona walked into the TCU Police Department on Feb. 4 — the day Trese’s body was found surrounded by blood in his GrandMarc apartment — and reported that her son admitted to stabbing someone.

Cardona then told Rhoden that she had arrived home from work the previous night to find her son “acting upset.”

The next morning, Hidalgo told his mother that he had stabbed Trese, the warrants say.

“David told Ms. Cardona that Stewart had attacked him in the bathroom area of the apartment with a knife,” the search warrant states. “David told Ms. Cardona that he took the knife away from Stewart and cut him with it.”

The bloody knife and clothing were found in a search of the south Fort Worth home where Hidalgo lived with his mother.

The warrants make no reference to Hidalgo’s jailhouse claim to two television news reporters that he had stabbed Trese in self-defense after Trese attacked him for rejecting his sexual advances.

Responding to those claims, Trese’s brother previously told the Star-Telegram that his brother “was not that guy” and that Hidalgo would do anything to “save his skin.”

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