COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A jury in Collier County took less than an hour to come back with a verdict in the case of Victor Orena. Orena is accused of attempted first degree murder for slitting the throat of his 14-year-old son before turning the knife on himself. The incident occurred in the Golden Gate Estates in 2007.
The jury convicted Orena of the lesser charge of second degree murder and also of burglary.
In a taped statement taken while he recovered in the hospital from his injuries, Orena said he broke into his estranged wife’s home because she was cheating on him. He says it enraged him and he took a knife and cut his son’s throat. He then took another knife and stabbed himself in the stomach. Orena said he wanted his wife to feel the pain he was going through from learning of her affair.
However, during testimony in court Orena said he didn’t break into the house, he was let in. Once he entered he explained he was hit on the head and the next time he woke up was in the hospital. Medical records show Orena was given morphine 15 minutes before he gave the taped statement to detectives. Orena also says someone he didn’t know told him what to say and that they threatened his family if he didn’t go along.
Orena could serve life in prison for the conviction.