Grand Jury Indicts Soldier For Ex-Girlfriend’s Stabbing Death

David Michael Vega (Jail photo)

KILLEEN (March 7, 2013)—A Fort Hood soldier was indicted for murder Wednesday by a Bell County grand jury in connection with the August 2012 stabbing death of his former girlfriend.

David Michael Vega, 29, remained held in the Bell County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond, charged with murder for the Aug. 17, 2012 killing of Danielle Acosta-Guerrero, who was stabbed to death in her Killeen home.

Her 6-year-old son also was injured in the attack.

Vega was on the run for two months before he was arrested October 11, 2012, in Modesto, California and returned to Bell County on Oct. 31, 2012 from Stanislaus County Jail where he had been held since his arrest.

Police had been looking for Vega since early in the morning on Aug. 17 when officers were sent to a home in the 2400 block of Haven in Killeen after a jogger and a neighbor reported hearing a woman scream.

The jogger went to a neighbor's house for help and the two tried to get the victim to come to the door, but could not.

While the two were knocking on the door, a light inside the house came on and they saw a man inside whom they later described to police.

When officers arrived they began searching the area and as they looked through the windows of the house they saw Acosta-Guerrero, 30, lying on the floor.

Officers forced entry to the home and called Killeen Fire Department EMS.

Paramedics began performing CPR on the victim and transported her to a local hospital, where a short time later she was pronounced dead.

Her 6-year-old son suffered what police said were non-life-threatening injuries in the attack.

Vega was arrested early in the morning on Oct. 11 after a Turlock, police officer spotted a suspicious gold Jeep Cherokee in a motel parking lot whose license plate turned out to have been stolen from another vehicle.

The officer checked the Jeep's vehicle identification number and determined Vega was the owner and that the soldier was wanted for murder.

Police confirmed Vega was inside a room at the motel and a Tactical Response Team was deployed.

Other guests were evacuated, but Vega surrendered without incident.