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2014-03-12T00:00:00Z Law and order briefsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Charges dropped
in killing of wife

Charges against a Tucson man accused of killing his wife have been dropped.

The Pima County Attorney’s Office dropped second-degree murder charges against Arthur Slatin, accused of stabbing Marcella Slatin, 35, in October.

Arthur Slatin, 38, was arrested at the couple’s home following a fight in which his wife attempted to attack him with a kitchen knife, according to court documents.

An interim complaint said Arthur Slatin attempted to subdue his wife’s attack by grabbing her and taking away the knife. When she continued to attack him, he stabbed her twice in the throat.

Defense attorney Michael Piccarreta said he and fellow attorney Joel Feinman asked the case be sent back to the grand jury following the original indictment so additional and more accurate evidence could be considered.

Piccarreta said the grand jury was inadvertently given descriptions of Marcella Slatin’s wounds that included those she received in surgery following the incident. He said the original grand jury had the impression that Marcella Slatin was stabbed more times than she actually was and that her injuries were more severe.

On the second hearing, the grand jury decided not to indict Arthur Slatin.

Piccarreta described Marcella Slatin’s death as tragic but not criminal, saying Arthur Slatin acted in self-defense.

The case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning charges can be refiled if additional evidence comes to light.

Patrick McNamara

Suspect is arrested
in student’s stabbing

A suspect in the January stabbing of a high school student was arrested Friday.

Robert Anthony Vasquez, 21, who also goes by the alias of Anthony Ortiz, was booked into the Pima County jail and faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with temporary disfigurement and armed robbery in connection with the Jan. 9 incident, said Officer Brandon Tatum, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.

The arrest was a collaborative effort between TPD and the U.S Marshals Service, Tatum said. Vasquez was found at an apartment complex in the 2600 block of North Oracle Road between West Glenn Street and West Grant Road.

Vasquez is suspected of stabbing one Catalina High School student and robbing another at knifepoint in a parking lot near East Pima Street and North Palo Verde Boulevard.

Tucson police were dispatched to the school in reference to a large fight a little after 3:30 p.m. Jan. 9. When officers arrived they couldn’t find anyone, but about 15 minutes later, medical staff from a local hospital called police about a student who had been stabbed in a fight near the school. The teen’s injuries were not life-threatening, police said at the time.

Kimberly Matas

Locker-room assault
brings probation

A former Sahuarita High School student accused in the locker-room assault of another student was sentenced to three months’ probation on Tuesday.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Javier Chon-Lopez sentenced Jorge Enrique Loya-Lopez for his involvement in the January 2013 bullying incident.

Loya-Lopez, 19, was one of several school wrestlers involved in the incident in which prosecutors argued the students taunted, held down and assaulted the other student.

Deputy Pima County Attorney Alan Goodwin said Loya-Lopez was not involved to the degree to which some of the other students were.

Loya-Lopez pleaded guilty to assault for his participation in the incident. “This was the culture that was accepted at a certain time in the past,” Loya-Lopez said.

His attorney, Laura Udall, said Loya-Lopez has graduated from high school and started university studies.

Patrick McNamara

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