An­daluz-Prado pleads guilty in fa­tal stab­bing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - RON WOOD

FAYET­TEVILLE — A Spring­dale woman pleaded guilty Mon­day in Wash­ing­ton County Cir­cuit Court to stab­bing her boyfriend to death two years ago.

Pe­dro Co­ria Cam­puzano, 36, was killed in Au­gust 2015 at an apart­ment on But­ter­field Coach Road in Spring­dale.

Wanda Ivette An­daluz-Prado, 46, pleaded guilty to sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and tam­per­ing with phys­i­cal ev­i­dence in a plea bar­gain with pros­e­cu­tors. An­daluz-Prado was charged with first-de­gree mur­der and faced 10 to 40 years or life in prison. The trial was set to be­gin Mon­day morn­ing.

Judge Joanna Taylor sen­tenced An­daluz-Prado to the max­i­mum 30 years at the Arkansas Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tion on the mur­der charge and six years on the tam­per­ing charge. The terms will run con­cur­rently.

Terra Stephen­son, deputy prose­cu­tor, said the deal was a good res­o­lu­tion to what promised to be a messy and dif­fi­cult case to try.

“There was some his­tory of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence which was go­ing to be rel­e­vant, based on the defense of self-defense,” Stephen­son said. “I ba­si­cally had a drunk, bel­liger­ent, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tim and no mit­i­gat­ing ev­i­dence for him. And, it was one stab wound and she main­tains she wasn’t try­ing to kill him, just try­ing to scare him, and he had been hit­ting her ear­lier in the evening. So, that’s what I based all of that on.”

A pre­trial men­tal ex­am­i­na­tion at the Arkansas State

Hos­pi­tal con­cluded An­daluz-Prado had no men­tal dis­ease or de­fect, was ca­pa­ble of ap­pre­ci­at­ing the crim­i­nal­ity of her ac­tions and ca­pa­ble of con­firm­ing her con­duct to the law. She told doc­tors ad­min­is­ter­ing the men­tal eval­u­a­tion she had been a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Po­lice were called about a pos­si­ble sui­cide or at­tempted sui­cide at 2:46 a.m. at 514 But­ter­field Coach Road, E102, where they found Cam­puzano with a knife wound to his chest, ac­cord­ing to a re­port. Medics were un­able to re­sus­ci­tate him, the re­port said.

Po­lice ar­rested An­daluz-Prado of the same ad­dress.

An­daluz-Prado ini­tially told po­lice she and Cam­puzano ar­gued over keys in the apart­ment. She said he picked up a knife and she left. When she re­turned she found him in a pool of blood. She said he cut him­self.

An­daluz-Prado later told po­lice she stabbed Cam­puzano, cleaned the knife and placed it by his body.

She told po­lice he was Juan Gabriel Co­ria Chavez, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port. Fam­ily mem­bers iden­ti­fied the man as Cam­puzano.

A wit­ness told po­lice An­daluz-Prado stabbed Cam­puzano.


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