Three women put up this sign Thursday in the window of the mobile home where David Antonio Ortega II, 37, was fatally stabbed. They would not identify themselves for a reporter. Cassie Dickman
Three women put up this sign Thursday in the window of the mobile home where David Antonio Ortega II, 37, was fatally stabbed. They would not identify themselves for a reporter. Cassie Dickman

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Woman arrested in stabbing death of brother, weeks after mother’s mysterious death

By Cassie Dickman

cdickman@sacbee.com

December 27, 2017 10:47 PM

A woman was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of her brother Wednesday evening at the Casa Mobile Park in West Sacramento.

Jennifer Mae Lopez-Ortega, 35, was detained and later arrested on scene at 1050 W. Capitol Ave and booked into the Yolo County Jail early Thursday. Her arraignment is set for 11 a.m. on Friday at the Yolo Superior Court.

The Yolo County Coroner identified the victim as David Antonio Ortega II, 37, and said he died from one stab wound to the chest.

Police received the initial call at 5:45 p.m., said West Sacramento Police spokesperson Sgt. Roger Kinney. Ortega was transported to UC Davis Medical Center and died from his wounds several hours after being admitted.

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Kinney also said there was a child involved who was not injured. Police are not releasing the child’s name, nor their relationship to Jennifer or her brother.

Anita Knapp has lived across the street from the Ortegas since they moved in about seven years ago. She said their mother, Cynthia Ortega, used to visit with her a couple of times a week until she died earlier this month. Cynthia Ortega was found unconscious on a bench outside of West Sacramento City Hall on Dec. 10 and transported to a Sacramento hospital, where she died. The coroner has still not determined the cause of death.

Knapp described Lopez-Ortega as “short-fused” and said the Ortegas fought regularly, so she didn’t pay much attention to the commotion at their home on Wednesday until she heard the family’s dog barking.

“They were both very volatile people,” Knap said of David Ortega and Lopez-Ortega, adding that it wasn’t unusual to see a police car or ambulance outside their mobile home.

Kinney said he didn’t have information on previous calls to the Ortega home, but that police have had contact with Lopez-Ortega in the past.

Cassie Dickman 916-321-1094

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