Broken Arrow woman charged with manslaughter in husband's stabbing death
BY DAVID HARPER World Staff Writer
Friday, July 20, 2012
A Broken Arrow woman was charged with first-degree manslaughter Friday in connection with the stabbing death of her husband last weekend.
Elizabeth Marie Beltran, 31, is charged in Tulsa County District Court with mortally wounding 32-year-old Alexander Beltran while in the “heat of passion” last Saturday night.
He was stabbed in the abdomen and the left side of his chest at a home in the 1100 block of North Hickory Court in Broken Arrow shortly after 8 p.m. July 14, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics attempted to provide aid, police said.
A kitchen knife was recovered at the scene, police Capt. Rich Shea said.
Elizabeth Beltran was found sitting in a lawn chair in the garage and “appeared calm,” police said.
Two of her relatives were witnesses and told police they had heard her and Alexander Beltran arguing and tried to break up the fight, police said.
The death apparently was a case in which an argument escalated into a fatal situation, Shea said.
“It started verbal, got physical, and then the knife was brought into the equation,” he said.
Elizabeth Beltran was arrested late that night and was booked into the Tulsa Jail on a second-degree murder complaint early Sunday.
However, Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said Friday that the facts of the case, specifically the apparent “emotional component” of the death, make first-degree manslaughter the appropriate charge.
Beltran would face from four years to life in prison if she is convicted of the charge, he said.
Elizabeth Marie Beltran