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Conviction upheld for man who murdered wife
Conviction upheld for man who murdered wife

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the conviction and life prison sentence of a Fayette County man who murdered his wife in front of their three children.

Jesus Ojeda Jimenez stabbed Liliana Ruiz to death inside their trailer at the Landmark Village mobile home park on Jan. 20, 2012.

He was convicted of murder, cruelty to children and possession of a knife, and was sentenced to life plus 40 years in prison.

Jimenez appealed, arguing that insufficient evidence was shown at his trial. But a Supreme Court of Georgia justice wrote in an opinion Monday that "the evidence was sufficient to enable a rational trier of fact to find Jimenez guilty of all of the crimes of which he was convicted beyond a reasonable doubt."

On the day of the murder, one of the couple's three sons called 911 and said Jimenez began attacking his mother when she returned home from the grocery store.

The couple's 11-year-old son tried to push his father off his mother, but was unable to prevent Jimenez from stabbing Ruiz with a large kitchen knife.

Jimenez ran away as the boys tried to stop their mother's bleeding. Ruiz died at the scene; the medical examiner later determined she'd been stabbed in the neck, chest and back. Jimenez sliced his wife's jugular vein and stabbed her in the back with such force that the knife cut two of her ribs.

Upon his arrest, Jimenez told police he believed his wife was cheating on him. Before killing Ruiz, he wrote a note to his sons, asking them to forgive him.