Elderly Lower Valley man charged in stabbing death of his wife


POSTED: Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 2:54pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 2:34pm


 Belia Grisham and Maria Duarte would meet for coffee every morning, but when Grisham woke up at 2 a.m. Saturday morning to the sound of an ambulance, she was told she wouldn't see Maria again.

 Officials said 66-year-old Maria Duarte was found dead in a lower valley home. She had stab wounds in the back and chest.

 Her husband, 74-year-old Isaac Duarte has been charged with murder.

"[Maria and I] were very good friends," Grisham said. "I just love her so much...I can't help but feel bad."

 Grisham said the couple moved in next door about five years ago. She knew they argued frequently over their relationship.
 Soon, she said, Maria started becoming distant.

"A little later, she kind of stayed away, and she would say hi and just go in the house. It was kind of strange," she said. 

 Grisham said she last saw Maria two days ago when she was taking out the trash.

 After stabbing his wife, Isaac Duarte stabbed himself. He was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and has been booked into the El Paso County Jail. His bond is set at $200,000.

 Officials say this is the 9th homicide of the year.


An El Paso man has been charged with murder after police say he stabbed and killed his wife early Saturday morning.

El Paso police say the incident happened at a home on the 300 block of Pasodale near the border highway.

When officers arrived at 12:30 a.m., they say they found 66-year-old Maria Duarte lifeless, with multiple stab wounds.

The Crime Against Persons (CAP) has revealed Maria's husbad, 74-year-old Isaac Duarte used a knife to stab Maria several times in the chest and back.

Officials say Maria died from the injuries.

Isaac proceeded to hurt himself with the knife; he's been treated at a local hospital according to police.

Isaac has been booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on a $200,000 bond.


A woman died shortly after midnight after she was stabbed in a home near the intersection of Pasodale and Independence in El Paso's Lower Valley.

Police responded to the stabbing at around 12:40 a.m. and found 66 year old Maria Duarte dead with multiple stab wounds.

According to police the victim's husband, 74 year old Isaac Duarte, used a knife to stab her several times in the chest and back area. Duarte then stabbed himself and sustained minor injuries.

Duarte was arrested and has been charged with murder. His bond has been set at $200,000.  

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