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Transcript of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez
In the hotel room:
High velocity blood spatter patterns from the shooting
Angle of impact: proved that Selena was shot straight on, but at about a 70 degree angle
Points of convergence: showed that Selena was standing in the doorway, facing the hall
The blood droplets' tails were extended in the direction she was walking (right, towards the lobby)
Point of origin: showed that Yolanda was within 6 feet and shot at a direct angle
Murder of a young, famous singer
Gun shot to the back, through a main artery
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, age 23
Motive: She was fired from being Selena's fan club's president and accused of hiding money and private documents. Skepticism of jealousy of Selena's fame and fortune.
Setting and Circumstances:
March 30, 1995, at a Corpus Christi Days Inn Motel
Having a "secret meeting" with the former-president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar
No eye-witnesses the actual murder
She was shot in a private hotel room, then she dragged herself to the lobby, where the managers called the police.
The managers only witnessed Selena, wounded, claiming that she was being chased by Saldívar and yelling for help.
Yolanda Saldívar convicted guilty of the murder of Selena Quintanilla
Most important factor was the confession, even Saldívar claimed it was an accident
The ballistic evidence helped prove that it must have been intentional
Saldívar told the police that she wanted to use the gun to kill herself, however shot Selena when she tried to leave the hotel room
Trajectory patterns of the bullet prove otherwise
Selena and Yolanda
Selena was an extremely successful Latina singer and songwriter in the '90s.
Her fan club's president, Yolanda Saldívar, eventually became a very close friend to her.
Yolanda began to seem suspicious when money and accounting files began to go missing, so Selena and her band fired her.
How this could help:
Although the witnesses did not eye-witness the murder, they testified in court and explained how Yolanda was the only one who had access to the hotel room that Selena was running from.
This testimony helped the jury make their decision of "guilty"
DNA Evidence from Blood:
Transfer blood was found on the walls and lobby door of the motel
A forensics team had to test the transferred blood for DNA
The DNA in the blood was tested for any traces of someone, other than Selena's, blood, which could indicate whether there was a struggle or not.
The suspect could have been harmed, but in Yolanda Saldívar's case, she was not.
Bullet proved to be from a 38 Caliber 5-Shot Revolver, which matched Yolanda's gun's striations and markings in all 12 areas
Trajectory evidence proved that the gun was being held steady, in armed position
Disproves the confession that Yolanda claimed the murder to be an accident
Yolanda was found with a gun, as she held it to her head, locked in her car
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Valdez, C. (2005). Justice for Selena: The State Versus Yolanda Saldivar. Corpus Christi: Trafford Publishing.
gun shot wound to main artery
(extreme loss of blood)
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