Man pleads guilty in stabbing death of wife

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Salt Lake City man has pleaded guilty in the fatal stabbing death of his wife in October.

Thirty-three-year-old Daniel Leonard Olivera entered the plea Tuesday, the same day a two-day preliminary hearing was scheduled to begin.

As part of a plea agreement, three other charges were dismissed: one count of aggravated assault and two counts of child abuse.

According to charging documents a baby sitter told police that Olivera and his 32-year-old wife Lisa started fighting when they returned home from a night out. Charges say the baby sitter went outside to smoke and returned to the apartment to find Lisa Olivera bleeding from the neck and slumped on a kitchen table.

Daniel Olivera pleaded guilty to murder, a first-degree felony.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 22.


Information from: Deseret News

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