A West Covina man was ordered to stand trial on a charge that he murdered his wife, whose body was found inside her car in the parking lot of the Hawaiian Gardens Casino.
Tomas Rodriguez Infante, 61, is charged in the Jan. 11 slaying of Charito Tolentino, 57, who died from blunt force trauma and stabbing-type injuries.
Infante had reported to West Covina police that the woman was missing. He told police his wife got off work Jan. 11 and did not return home, and the family began searching for her. The search led them to her parked car in the 11800 block of Carson Street, according to authorities.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was contacted and deputies found the woman's body inside the car Jan. 12. Investigators then served a search warrant at the couple's home, "where they located evidence which implicated the suspect in the victim's murder," sheriff's Lt. John Corina said earlier.
"It appears from the evidence that the suspect killed the victim at (their home) and then transported her body in a car, which he parked and abandoned in the parking lot of the Hawaiian Gardens Casino," Corina alleged.
Infante was arrested Jan. 14 and has remained jailed since then. He is
due back in Pomona Superior Court Sept. 5 for arraignment.
--City News Service