- Associated Press - Saturday, May 27, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii man accused of stabbing his wife to death has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

Marcelo Carcamo-Lopez, 41, was charged with second-degree murder Thursday in Meriam Carcamo’s death, according to local media reports.

Honolulu police arrested Carcamo-Lopez on Tuesday after he returned to the Makiki apartment he shared with his wife and her teenage son. Police believe Carcamo-Lopez had an argument with his wife before he stabbed her multiple times.

“My coworker . told me to get a divorce, but, oh man, why today, she punch my face, so I stab (sic) her,” Carcamo-Lopez said in a police declaration.

The victim’s 16-year-old son was asleep at the time of the alleged stabbing. He told police that he saw his stepfather before Carcamo-Lopez left the apartment. According to the teen, Carcamo-Lopez had tried to get him to touch the knife that he believes was used to stab his mother. He later found his mother in her room with stab wounds.

According to reports, the mother was taken to a hospital where she died.

Her family wants to send her body back to her native Philippines.

Carcamo-Lopez‘ preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

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