Four people have pleaded not guilty in the case of an alleged love-fueled killing that led to the discovery of a possible human trafficking ring on a Southern California Indian reservation.
Christalina Indish, 35, was stabbed to death Friday at a home on the 36300 block of Tusil Road. Her mother sat in court Wednesday to see her daughter’s accused killers.
"I forgive them, though," Elizabeth Indish told NBC 7 San Diego. "With my heart, I forgive them for what they did. My daughter was a loving girl, a very loving girl."
Indish's on-and-off boyfriend of eight months, Darrell Wohlford, along with his new girlfriend, Cindy Ceballos, and two other women, Natalie Ceballos and Casandra Alto, face murder charges in connection with the attack. The four pleaded not guilty.
According to prosecutors, Indish was stabbed after Wohlford, joined by the three other women, demanded she come out of her home on the Campo Indian Reservation Friday morning.
Wohlford held Indish’s hair while Cindy Ceballos stabbed her in the chest, heart and neck, prosecutors said. Deputies arrived to find Indish suffering obvious signs of trauma to her upper body. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
When San Diego County Sheriff's investigators entered the home, they allegedly found 17 undocumented immigrants in back bedrooms, authorities said.
The immigrants were taken to the Campo Border Patrol Station for processing and interviews. It is unclear whether they were workers held there against their will or if they were being trafficked.
Indish's brother, Sonny Fitzgerald, said he suspected his sister's ex, Wohlford, was motivated by jealousy after Indish met another love interest.
"He couldn’t handle the rejection," Fitzgerald explained. "Christaline wanted to move on in positive ways. He wasn’t the right type, she knew that. She already found someone else she was interested in."
Fitzgerald said his sister had recently moved into the house and had only just begun to make it a home.
"One of the first things she wanted to do was buy some roses and put it in front and make a garden," he said. "Then it would be a real home; the flowers are about to go into full bloom pretty soon."
Elizabeth Indish said she is planning a funeral for her daughter to properly lay her to rest. When she thinks of her, she still remembers the small things.
“She would call me in the morning,” Elizabeth said. “Still, when I hear my phone ring in the morning, I think it’s her.”
Wohlford was held on $2 million bail, Cindy Ceballos was held on $1 million bail and the other two accused were held on $500,000 bail each. Information on an attorneys for the suspects was not immediately available.
Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call 858-974-2321 or the SDSO after hours number at 858-565-5200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.