Walla Walla man pleads guilty to stabbing wife

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WALLA WALLA — A man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Superior Court to stabbing his wife with a kitchen knife at their residence in December.

Alberto Luna Martinez, 29, of 20 W. Walnut St., Apt. F, entered the guilty plea to the charge of third-degree assault — domestic violence.

In exchange, the prosecution agreed to reduce the charge from second-degree assault — domestic violence, and recommend a time-served sentence.

The standard-range penalty for the crime is one to three months in the County Jail. Luna Martinez was arrested Dec. 28 and has been incarcerated there since then.

His sentence will be imposed later.

Officials said Luna Martinez and his wife, Norma Tapia, 42, were involved in an argument at their residence about 9 p.m. on Dec. 27.

When the dispute escalated, Luna Martinez reportedly placed his hand over Tapia’s mouth, then went into the kitchen, got a knife from a drawer and stabbed Tapia after she stood up on a futon couch in the living area.

Tapia went to Walla Walla General Hospital for treatment. “At the hospital, her stab wound consisted of an entrance and exit wound through her left arm and into her chest/side area that cut her left lung,” according to a police report filed in court.

After interviews with Luna Martinez and Tapia, police couldn’t immediately develop probable cause for an assault arrest. But they later learned Tapia’s wound wasn’t the result of an accident.

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