Pinoy accused of killing wife appears in court

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jan 17 2013 05:40 PM | Updated as of Jan 18 2013 01:40 AM

POMONA, California – The man accused of murdering his wife appeared in court on Wednesday to postpone his arraignment as he searches for an attorney to represent him in his murder case.

“A body was recovered. The deceased is connected to the defendant and charges of murder have been filed and we set the next day of February 13 to gather more evidence and fully prosecute this case,” said Deputy District Attorney Casey Higgins.

Police say Tomas Infante, 60, killed his wife Charito Tolentino, possibly at their home in West Covina and then put her body inside her Toyota Rav 4. He allegedly then abandoned the vehicle some 20 miles away at a Hawaiian Gardens casino parking lot over the weekend.

Investigators say Tolentino died from blunt force trauma and stabbing type injuries.

Prior to the discovery of her body, Infante had reported Tolentino missing.

However, upon searching their West Covina home, investigators found evidence, which they declined to specify, implicating him of the murder. He was arrested on Monday.

Infante faces one count of murder.

“At this time, we're still reviewing the evidence and doing our analysis of the evidence. Further evidence will come from Sandy Gibbons at the point we have conclusive evidence results on the items that we're looking into but the evidence right now shows we have reasonable doubt against him in connection with these charges,” added Higgins.

Friends and family of the couple were at the courthouse but declined to speak on camera. They did confirm that Tolentino was also Filipino. They added that the couple's 17 year old daughter who lives with them is in the care of relatives but declined to elaborate.