Burien man pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to stabbing his wife to death July 20
Telesforo Hernandez-Roa, 41, plead ‘Not Guilty’ Monday (Aug. 4) to a second-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of his wife Ruth Castillo-Yanez in Kent, the King County Prosecutor’s Office reported.
Hernandez-Roa, of Burien, is accused in the murder of his wife, who died from multiple stab wounds on July 20.
If convicted, the suspect faces a minimum of 12–20+ years in prison.
Prosecutors say he stabbed his wife at least 25 times, and that wounds discovered during her autopsy indicates that she tried to defend herself.
Hernandez-Roa initially told police that he had an altercation with his wife earlier in the day July 20. He said he had learned she was having an affair, and the man she was seeing had recently sent naked photos of her to him. Police took him into custody after finding his wife’s body in the backseat of her Nissan Pathfinder.
He refused to answer any questions and asked for an attorney.
A case setting hearing is scheduled for Aug. 14 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Read our previous coverage of this case here.