A teen testified that she saw the defendant stab the victim as testimony continued Thursday in the murder trial of a 40-year-old El Centro man accused of fatally stabbing 19-year-old Harbor City man Edward De La Cruz a year ago.
The 18-year-old woman was the last witness called by Deputy District Attorney Susanna Salgado. Investigators asked that the woman's identity not be published for safety reasons.
The woman testified she saw Salvador Serrato stab De La Cruz once in the chest July 1, 2001. The stabbing occurred on the side of a residence in the 200 block of East Olive Avenue in El Centro.