- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A Bloomfield man accused of fatally stabbing his wife told investigators that he attacked his wife after an argument over the thermostat in their home.

The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/13IXDbi ) that 56-year-old Steve Barela had described to investigators the dispute that led to Thursday’s stabbing death of Evelyn Barela.

Steve Barela told police that earlier in the evening he became upset after finding a lock box on the thermostat.

Authorities say he ripped the box off the wall, his wife threatened to call police, and Steve Barela chased her out of the house and stabbed her multiple times.

Investigators say Barela was later arrested and confessed to killing his wife.

It’s unclear Monday if Barela has a lawyer yet.

Evelyn Barela had filed for divorce in May.

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Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com

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