Man accused of stabbing and killing his wife pleads not guilty

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Salvador Garcia-Sanchez By Jennifer Thomas Salvador Garcia-Sanchez By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – A man accused of stabbing and killing his wife back in October has pleaded not guilty.

31 year old Salvador Garcia-Sanchez is charged with 1st degree murder and kidnapping.

Phoenix police say Garcia-Sanchez got into an argument with his 41-year-old wife, Maria Gonzalez, at their home near Cave Creek Road and Greenway Parkway. But it wasn’t long before the fight reportedly turned physical.

Garcia-Sanchez, dragged Gonzalez by her hair from the master bedroom through the living room to the kitchen, then stabbed her twice in the chest with a butcher knife, according to Maricopa County Superior Court documents.

Gonzalez reportedly tried to get away, but collapsed outside their home. She was taken to the hospital, where she died of her injuries.

Garcia-Sanchez had also collapsed. Police said he received a stab wound to the chest, which investigators believe occurred when he fell to the floor and landed on the knife he was holding.

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but was arrested upon his release.

The couple has three children together. Gonzalez also has children from previous relationships.

Authorities say many of the children were home during the attack. Some reportedly even tried to stop the fight.

Police said Garcia-Sanchez was out on bond from I.C.E. for possible illegal immigration into the United States.

His next court appearance is set for January 2, 2013.