On Thursday, Uriel Leon pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder and child abuse he’s currently facing in San Diego County.
Authorities believe Leon murdered Melissa Contreras, the mother of his children, who found strangled to death on Monday.
As prosecutors went over details of the tragic event, the young man burst into tears. Deputy District Attorney Ben Barlow stated it all went down after Contreras dropped off her two boys at Leon’s parent’s house before taking off for work. The San Diego Union-Tribute reports that Leon and Contreras had two children, and Contreras has three kids total.
Oceanside police Detective Rick Favela says when the 22-year-old came back after her shift, the estranged couple got into a fight over accusations of infidelity. One of Melissa’s friends even stated the two were no longer together and Contreras was “finally happy without (Leon) and he didn’t like that.”
Surveillance cameras at the residence caught what happened right