Day Two of The Cruz Trial

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WINCHESTER, Va. (WHSV) -- In day two of Sherry Lee Cruz's trial, the prosecution continued to present witnesses.

More that 16 witnesses testified Tuesday against Cruz.

One of the witnesses was the Winchester Assistant Fire Marshal, who determined this fire began after an open flame was introduced to gasoline in the home.

The Winchester Fire Marshal said Sherry Cruz suffered 2nd degree burns to arms and ankles; however, she told investigators she doesn't remember being burned there during the fire.

Sgt. Frank Myrtle with the Winchester Police Department, who also testified Tuesday, said Cruz told him she bought gas and put it in a container the day of the fire for a car that needed filling up, but she said the gas never entered the home.

Test results don't agree with that statement as they show the gas was present in the carpet, floor boards and debris of living room area where the fire began.

She also said she and her children were the only ones in the house that day after her fiance had left for work earlier in the morning.

One person testified that Cruz had a nickname for her two-year-old son, "El Diablo."

While there was some controversy in the court about the nickname being misinterpreted, but none the less, Cruz told Myrtle she would never hurt her kids.

She said that her landlord, who she didn't get along with, is the only person who hated her enough to burn down her house.

Cruz has always denied starting the fire to Myrtle; however, he has suspected she did it since July 16 when she told him she bought gas the day of the fire.

Cruz has yet to take the stand.

The defense will begin presenting its case Wednesday.


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