WENATCHEE — Convicted killer Sebastian Cortes Aguilar was denied Tuesday in an effort to overturn both his guilty verdict and a court order barring contact with his children — who witnessed him murdering their mother.
Cortes, now 41, is serving a 31-year sentence in Clallam Bay Corrections Center for the knife murder of Ortencia Alejandre, 38, his estranged companion and mother of his two children. Cortes stabbed Alejandre five times in a Wenatchee basement apartment as their 13-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son tried to intervene.
The Washington Court of Appeals turned down Cortes’ claim that evidence did not show he premeditated Alejandre’s 2011 killing, or that he intentionally assaulted his daughter when she tried to push him away from her mother. The girl suffered a knife cut to her arm; Cortes was convicted of second-degree assault in her wounding.
The appeals court noted that Cortes first struck his wife during an argument, then left the room to retrieve the knife, amounting to premeditation. The intent to harm Alejandre applied to his daughter’s injury as well, the court ruled.
Finally, the court refused to lift a 10-year no contact order between Cortes and his children, noting that they too were victims and that Cortes continued to blame Alejandre for her own death at his sentencing.