The charge arose from the Nov. 18, 2018, murder of the defendant’s ex-girlfriend, Ana Gabrila Espinal-Lainez, who was also the mother of their 1-year-old child.

SHALIMAR — Kevin Manuel Ordonez-Garcia has entered a plea of guilty to second-degree murder with a weapon in the stabbing death of his child’s mother.


Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida, announced the plea on Wednesday, according to a press release from the state attorney’s office.


The charge arose from the Nov. 18, 2018, murder of the defendant’s ex-girlfriend, Ana Gabrila Espinal-Lainez, who was also the mother of their 1-year-old child.


Espinal-Lainez was 17 at the time she was killed.


The victim came to the defendant’s Destin residence for money and supplies for the care of their child, and an argument began.


The defendant grabbed the victim by the hair and stabbed her several times.


The steak knife he used in the stabbing was discovered in a nearby dumpster, and when law enforcement located the defendant in the area on foot, he had blood on his pants and shoes.


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He also provided a false name.


Testing by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement later confirmed that the blood on the knife and on the defendant’s clothing matched the victim’s DNA.


The defendant will be sentenced on April 20, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. by William F. Stone. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to the release.


The investigation was conducted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.