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Year’s First Homicide Comes After Man Dies From 2017 Assault

A man who was brutally beaten by his sister’s boyfriend in November has died from his injuries, and the suspect already jailed for the assault now faces a murder charge, according to San Jose police.

Because the victim’s death occurred and was declared a homicide in the new year, he becomes San Jose’s first homicide of 2018.

The original attack was reported at 7:32 a.m. Nov. 10 at a home in the 400 block of Buena Vista Avenue, off West San Carlos Street. Police officers responded to a family disturbance call and found Baltazar Rudolph Espinoza, 65, on the ground. Espinoza was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

Daniel Gonzales, 50, of San Jose, is suspected of fatally assaulting his girlfriend’s brother on Nov. 10, 2017, inflicting injuries from which the victim would die on Jan. 13, 2018. (San Jose Police Dept.)

An ensuing investigation identified Daniel Gonzales, a 50-year-old San Jose resident who was in a relationship with Espinoza’s sister, as the suspected attacker, police said. At the time, Gonzales was arrested for an unrelated parole violation.

Espinoza died Saturday from his injuries. After an autopsy, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office formally classified his death as a homicide.

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