A man arrested for killing his wife during a dispute in their West Haven condominium faced a judge on Monday.
Carlos Abraham Pinedo, 44, was charged with killing 38-year-old Catherine Pinedo. She was the mother of two young children.
According to investigators, Catherine Pinedo was found dead on Saturday afternoon. Officers responded to a 911 call for a disturbance in the residence at the Colonial Ridge Condominiums.
Carlos Abraham Pinedo is accused of strangling his wife, and police said he waited hours before calling 911.
Court documents said "In the beginning of the 911 call, this male caller stated his wife had fallen on the floor, however during this call the male told the dispatcher he strangled his wife and she was not breathing."
Catherine Pinedo was found inside a child's bedroom when police arrived. They said her husband was crying and pacing in circles. When officers asked what happened, court documents said "Carlos responded 'she is upstairs, I strangled her'...repeating over and and over again 'I killed her, I killed her'."
Once at the police department, police said Carlos Abraham Pinedo asked to speak with someone. After reading him his rights, he told officers his wife came home from work on Saturday morning.
Their two children weren't home at the time. She went upstairs to sleep and he said the two had an argument.
Carlos Abraham Pinedo told detectives he grabbed a knife from the kitchen and planned to stab her, but she jumped back. Then, he told police he pressed the knife to his neck. Next, Catherine Pinedo allegedly pleaded with him to give her the knife, which he did. He said his wife then tossed the knife down the hall.
"At this time, Carlos stated he reached out and grabbed his wife by the neck and began squeezing her neck with enough strength to force her to the bedroom floor. Once on the floor, Carlos admitted to positioning his body on top of her and continued to strangle her until she was unconscious," court documents said.
Carlos Abraham Pinedo was held on a $2 million bond. He is due back in court next week.
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