Walla Walla man charged with stabbing wife

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WALLA WALLA — A man suspected of stabbing his wife with a kitchen knife at their residence last week has been formally charged in Superior Court with a felony.

Alberto Luna Martinez, 28, of 20 W. Walnut St., Apt. F, was charged Monday afternoon with second-degree assault — domestic violence.

Officials said Luna Martinez and his wife, Norma Tapia, 42, were involved in a verbal dispute at their residence about 9 p.m. Thursday.

When the dispute escalated, Luna Martinez allegedly 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.

A news release says that when police initially were called to the residence for an “unknown problem,” responding officers found the home locked and received no answer at the door.

Police later went to General Hospital after receiving the report of an assault victim. After interviews with Luna Martinez and Tapia, officials couldn’t develop probable cause for an assault arrest. But they later learned Tapia’s wound wasn’t the result of an accident, as was reported to them earlier, according to the news release.

Bail for Luna Martinez — who was booked into the County Jail — was set Monday at $150,000.

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