- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man was charged Wednesday with murder for allegedly stabbing his estranged wife’s boyfriend to death in front of her two young kids in south Los Angeles.

Guillermo Hector Diaz, 29, of Carson was charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder, first-degree residential burglary and forcible rape and two counts each of resisting an officer and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, according to the Los Angeles county district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said Diaz entered his estranged wife’s apartment through a window and was confronted by her and her boyfriend. Diaz allegedly repeatedly stabbed the boyfriend with a pocketknife in front of her 6-year-old girl and their 4-year-old boy. When his estranged wife tried to stop him, Diaz allegedly tried to break her neck.

Diaz also allegedly prevented both his estranged wife and her daughter from calling police during the attack. Two months prior, prosecutors say Diaz raped his estranged wife during an argument.

The charges include allegations of great bodily injury under circumstances involving domestic violence and use of a knife as a deadly and dangerous weapon.

His arrangement that was scheduled for Wednesday in a Compton courthouse was continued to Jan. 9, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office.

Diaz is being held in lieu of $2.45 million bail and a protective order has been issued for Diaz’s estranged wife and daughter, Santiago said.

An attorney representing Diaz could not immediately be located and he indicated Wednesday that he is seeking private counsel, Santiago said.

If convicted on these charges, Diaz faces up to life in state prison. The case is still under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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