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Pueblo man to go to trial for pregnant girlfriend's stabbing death


PUEBLO, Colorado — A judge has ruled there is enough evidence to try a man for murder in the stabbing death of his pregnant girlfriend.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://bit.ly/1HzuL2o ) District Judge William Alexander ruled Tuesday there is probable cause to try 57-year-old Joseph Romero on charges of first-degree murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Phenia Martinez was reported missing in January after she didn't pick up her children from school. The body of the 25-year-old woman, who was eight months pregnant, was later found in the couple's home.

Court documents say Martinez's daughters told police the couple had been fighting on Jan. 5 and Romero threatened to kill her.

Public defender Albert Singleton argued that prosecutors hadn't presented enough evidence to show Romero intended to kill Martinez or their unborn child.

Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com

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