TROY, NY (NEWS 10) – Witnesses spoke of grisly details Friday in the case of a man suspected of killing his former girlfriend before burning her body and house.
Gabriel Vega, 19, is charged with second degree murder, arson, burglary, and abortion in the brutal killing of his girlfriend Vanessa Milligan and her unborn child in April of 2014.
During two days of an evidence suppression hearing, witnesses testified that they smelled gas inside the burned Lansingburgh home where Milligan’s body was discovered.
After executing a search warrant at Vega’s home, detectives say they found five gas cans.
Another witness spoke of seeing Vega fleeing from the residence wearing a red backpack. A similar bag was also recovered from the suspect’s home.
At the onset of the investigation, officials said it appeared that the victim was strangled before clothes soaked in gas were placed on top of her and ignited.
During the search, detectives entered through an open side window when no one was home.
The defendants attorney says that detectives violated a stipulation that the warrant had to be executed between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Vega’s trial is expected to begin in march of 2016.