Homicide suspect Julian Collazo admitted to a fellow inmate that he stabbed a Janesville woman in her home in December before fleeing to Missouri, a Janesville police detective testified Friday in Rock County Court.

“The female got up, tried to get away from him and eventually collapsed in the bedroom,” detective Thomas Bechen told the court.

Collazo, 21, of 428 Harding St., upper, Janesville, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing death of Christine Scaccia-Lubeck, 43.

Bechen testified during Collazo’s preliminary court hearing Friday.

Scaccia-Lubeck’s mother found her daughter dead in a back bedroom the afternoon of Dec. 9. She had been stabbed 33 times, according to court documents.

After arriving at the crime scene, Bechen saw blood on a doorframe, floor, cabinets and in a bathroom, and all of it led toward Scaccia-Lubeck’s body, he told the court.

Missing from the residence was her white Chevrolet sports utility vehicle, a gun, an iPad and two electronic reading devices, Bechen said.

Police learned later Collazo didn’t immediately leave Janesville after the stabbing. Evidence shows he picked up Nicole R. Kazar, 24, and accompanied her to a drug deal before they fled south, Bechen said.

Police say they used OnStar to track the stolen SUV to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and arrested Collazo and Kazar while they sat in the vehicle at a gas station.

While in jail, Collazo told another inmate he stabbed a woman. The inmate also told police that Collazo also admitted to stealing her SUV, a gun and $3,000, Bechen said.

Police found blood on Collazo’s shoe, the print of which is consistent with a footprint left in blood at the crime scene. Police also found bloody pants in the stolen SUV, Bechen said.

“The majority of the pants had blood on them,” he said. “It was all throughout the pants from what I remember.”

Results of DNA tests of the blood found on the shoe and the pants haven’t come back yet, and police never found the murder weapon, Bechen said.

Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer ruled Collazo probably committed a felony and bound him over for trial. Collazo will next appear in court at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Kazar has been charged with driving a vehicle without owner consent. She next appears in court Tuesday.

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