Teen told he could face death

Johnston resident charged in friend's stabbing in Raleigh

Staff WriterAugust 26, 2008 

— Tears and heart-rending cries wracked the family of a teenager who made his first court appearance Monday afternoon on charges of stabbing a friend to death.

Investigators recovered a broken knife with a 5-inch blade hours after the stabbing from the home of the victim, Christopher Rivera Jimenez, according to a search warrant returned Monday to the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.

Police have charged Mack Jossie Mojica, 18, of 104 D.A. King Drive in Willow Springs with murder in the death of Jimenez, 19, of Oxleymare Drive in Raleigh, court records show. Willow Springs is a community in Johnston County.

When police found Jimenez inside his family's townhouse at 5:12 a.m. Sunday, he had been stabbed in his back, according to the search warrant. Jimenez died shortly after paramedics rushed him to WakeMed Raleigh campus.

Meanwhile, Mojica fled to his father's home in Johnston County and confessed that a quarrel between him and friend had ended in violence.

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue declined Monday to discuss what the two men argued about.

Mojica's father, Jesus Mojica, counseled his son to do the right thing and surrender to law enforcement. Then Jesus Mojica dialed 911 from his home in Willow Springs and told the dispatcher that his son had stabbed someone overnight in Raleigh, according to dispatch records. The younger Mojica wanted to turn himself in, his father said.

When Johnston County authorities alerted Raleigh police to the confession, Raleigh officials had already received a 911 call and found Jimenez fatally wounded at his home.

Jimenez lived in Maybrook, a community of townhouses built last year in a rural area beyond the Raleigh Beltline and off New Hope Road.

During Mojica's first court appearance, Wake District Court Judge Shelley Desvouges appointed a lawyer for him and told him he could face life in prison without parole or the death penalty if he is convicted.

Mojica's family, including his father, mother, sisters and grandmother, cried openly in the courtroom. Once outside, they huddled in the lobby of the Wake County Public Safety Center, sobbing and hugging to console one another.

In addition to the broken knife, investigators confiscated two bed comforters, pillowcases, a fitted sheet, a mattress cover, clothing and several cell phones from the apartment.

Mojica is being held in the Wake County jail. Judge Desvouges ordered him to remain in custody there without benefit of bail.

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