Man pleads not guilty to stabbing wife who died after officer found her in home dead

Police are investigating the death of a 60-year-old woman as a homicide, The News Tribune of Tacoma reported. Janeth Pena was found dead in her apartment at 160 Green St. in Pierce County on Friday morning.

Pena’s husband, 55-year-old Julio Pena, had been charged this past June with the nonfatal stabbing of a 61-year-old woman on the same street. He fled Tacoma and spent a month on the run before he was arrested in Tennessee in July. Police said that Julio Pena believed his wife was having an affair with a man he believed to be the man responsible for the stabbing of his wife.

The Tacoma Police Department tweeted on Monday morning that a homicide investigation had been launched after witnesses and officers learned of the possibility of “a suspicious death.”

See an Update Below. — Tacoma Police Dept. (@TacomaPD) September 3, 2018

Police identified the officer who was found dead while conducting a welfare check on Friday as 43-year-old Barry Knox.

In June, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that Janeth Pena’s death was not suspicious after an autopsy determined that she died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Read the full story at The News Tribune of Tacoma.


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