- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A man charged with murder after he allegedly confessed to killing his wife after being hurt in a car crash in western Colorado has pleaded not guilty.

The Post Independent reports (https://bit.ly/1PmMIG5 ) that 46-year-old Arturo Navarrete-Portillo pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday. A nine-day trial for the Carbondale man has been set for February 2016.

In court Wednesday, Deputy District Attorney Matt Barrett indicated that another charge might be added to the case, while Navarrete-Portillo’s attorney expressed plans to request that certain evidence be excluded from trial.

Navarrete-Portillo is accused in the Feb. 16 stabbing death of 30-year-old Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya at their Carbondale home. Police say he was involved in a collision after the stabbing, and he allegedly told emergency responders he had killed his wife.

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Information from: Post Independent, https://www.postindependent.com/

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