Homicide

'Rot in hell': California mother faces son's killer in court

The mother of a man killed after an argument in San Diego faced her son's killer in court ten years later telling the man to "rot in hell."

"You murdered one man, but you slaughtered a family," Cybil Green told defendent Santiago Covarrbubias in court Tuesday. "Why did you do that to our family? You're a monster, you're scum of the earth."

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Covarrubias, 42, was convicted of first-degree murder in the March 20, 2007 killing of bus driver Damon Green after an argument at a taco shop.

Fox 5 San Diego reported Covarrubias shot Green because he felt disrespected when the victim didn't believe he was in a gang.

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The murder remained a cold case up until 2015 when detectives used DNA to track down Covarrubias and link him to the murder.

"Ten years later the pain still continues it doesnt stop," an emotional Cybil told Covarrubias. "Every single day of my life I have cried."

Green was a husband and father to two boys, his youngest Jason, 14, also spoke in court.

"Yes you took my father away," Jason told his father's killer. "But you did not take me away."

According to San Diego police Detective Lori Adams a witness said Covarrubias didn't mean to kill Green, but only wanted to show that he wasn't a "punk or bitch," Fox 5 reported.

"You took all that away from me," Cybil said through tears. "Because you were disrespected. What kind of animal are you?"

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