‘A nightmare’: Two girls testify against father accused of killing their mother

Jorge Izquierdo is on trial and accused of killing his girlfriend back in 2020

The murder trial of a man accused of killing his girlfriend two years ago began on Tuesday with testimony from his two young daughters.

SAN ANTONIO – The murder trial of a man accused of killing his girlfriend two years ago began on Tuesday with testimony from his two young daughters.

Jorge Izquierdo is charged with the deadly shooting of 27-year-old Cora Nickel.

Cora Nickel was killed in Aug. 2020. Her boyfriend was charged with her murder. (Copyright 2022 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

Nickel was found with a single gunshot wound to the head on Aug. 20, 2020.

On Monday, the couple’s two young daughters took the stand to testify for the prosecution.

Now 10 and 7 years old, the girls said they both remember coming home from a birthday party when their parents started arguing. They said their mother asked their father to leave.

“She told him to leave, but he didn’t because he needed to put his clothes in the laundry,” the 7-year-old said.

They said they were put to bed shortly after getting home and then woke up to a nightmare.

The oldest child described to the jury how she found her mother in a pool of blood.

“I went downstairs and seen her laying there with liquid around, and I didn’t know what it was because it was dark,” the 10-year-old said. “I immediately ran back upstairs because I was scared, and I thought it was like a nightmare.”

At the time, the girls said their father, Izquierdo, was nowhere to be found, and they tried calling him but got no answer. He had fled the state to California, where he was later arrested at a relative’s home.

Jorge Izquierdo, 29, was arrested after Cora Nickle was found dead by her 8-year-old child inside her home in the 8900 block of Maverick Draw, not far from Guilbeau Road, on Thursday. (KSAT)

The girls were able to get in touch with their grandmother, who rushed over and called 911.

Lyn Robison also took the stand to talk about that call her granddaughters made to her and the moment she saw her daughter.

“As soon as I walked in, I knew,” Robinson said. “I saw my daughter laying on the floor with blood all around her.”

Robinson has since adopted both girls after Izquierdo’s rights were terminated.

If Izquierdo is found guilty, he faces 5 to 99 years or life in prison.

Testimony will continue on Wednesday.

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Erica Hernandez is an Emmy award-winning journalist with15 years of experience in the broadcast news business. Erica has covered a wide array of stories all over Central and South Texas. She's currently the court reporter and cohost of the podcast South Texas Crime Stories.

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