- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - A man has been ordered to stand trial in central Pennsylvania in the stabbing death of his estranged wife.

A district judge in Centre County ruled Wednesday that prosecutors had enough evidence to try 63-year-old Vladimir Podnebennyy on charges of first- and third-degree murder, aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime.

Authorities allege that he stabbed 58-year-old Natalya Podnebennaya on Oct. 26 in her car outside the couple’s College Township residence during a domestic dispute.

Defense attorney Karen Muir suggested that a language barrier may have hampered her client during police interviews, since he is from Kazakhstan and speaks Russian.

Prosecutors, however, suggested that he may understand more English that it appeared since he has a Pennsylvania driver’s license and worked at a Wal-Mart store.

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This version corrects the spelling of the victim’s name to Podnebennaya.

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