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Walnut woman found guilty of stabbing husband and family dog to death

Walnut woman found guilty of stabbing husband 33 times, killing family dog

A Walnut woman was found guilty Monday of killing her estranged husband and stabbing the family dog to death after being ordered to move out of their home.

Jurors listened to more than two weeks of testimony in the trial of Socorro Mora, 46, who was found guilty of stabbing her 47-year-old husband 33 times, domestic violence and animal cruelty, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

She faces 20 years to life in prison for the deaths, prosecutors said.

Before the Oct. 19, 2011 killing, prosecutors said Mora terrorized the family, breaking into their home and stabbing their small, white dog to death.

She reportedly attacked her husband, George Mora, on Sept. 13, 2011 and scratched herself, blaming him for the injury.

George Mora, however, was able to obtain a restraining order, which forced her to move out of their home. He was also granted custody of their four children.

After Socorro Mora moved out, the family returned to find the home ransacked and the dog stabbed to death.

A month later, George Mora arrived home to find her inside, prompting a struggle between the pair.

According to prosecutors, three knives were used during attack, resulting in numerous stab wounds to George Mora.

Socorro Mora also suffered 22 stab wounds, two of which were life-threatening, prosecutors said. 

She reportedly claimed the injuries were committed in self-defense. But forensic evidence showed the stab wounds were self-inflicted, according to the district attorney's office.

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