Trial date set for man in wife's stabbing

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WALLA WALLA — A man pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to stabbing his wife with a kitchen knife at their residence last month.

Alberto Luna Martinez, 28, of 20 W. Walnut St., Apt. F, is scheduled for trial March 4 and 5 on the charge of second-degree assault — domestic violence.

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

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.

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, as was reported to them earlier, authorities said.

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

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