ST. THOMAS, V.I. – Trial got underway Monday morning for Enrique
Saldana who is accused of murdering his wife almost three years ago.
53-year-old former police captain is charged with one count each of
first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree
assault and three counts of third-degree assault, all crimes of domestic
violence, in connection with the May 2014 death of his wife, Jeanette Saldana,
will be relying on the testimony of a number of witnesses to help them prove
that on May 2, 2014, Saldana showed up at his wife’s house and they began
arguing. Then, he debilitated her so that she couldn’t fight back and then killed
Saldana called 911 to report that his girlfriend wasn’t breathing and that he
needed assistance to go to the hospital; he was in the area of Food Center at
the time. An off-duty police officer, Cpl. Bernard Burke who heard the
transmission, met Saldana at the hospital and helped him remove Jeanette
Magras-Saldana from the jeep Saldana was driving.
had a hard time lifting her,” Cpl. Burke testified at the start of the trial.
“To me, I was lifting dead weight.”
nine men and six women empaneled to hear the case also heard the testimonies of
six other witnesses, including crime scene technicians and medical personnel.
case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Ednin Martinez, Nadja
Harrigan and Quincy McRae.
Superior Court Judge Michael Dunston is presiding over the trial.