Filipino found guilty in wife's murder in California

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jun 24 2014 10:44 AM | Updated as of Jun 25 2014 12:40 AM

CALIFORNIA - A Southern California jury has spoken in the brutal murder of a Filipina nurse that ended in a casino parking lot.

This past week, a jury has found 62-year-old Filipino, Tomas Infante, guilty of first degree murder in the alleged beating and stabbing to death of his wife Charito Tolentino in January 2013.

Prosecutors claimed that Infante killed the 57-year-old Tolentino after his girlfriend discovered that he was married.

He then allegedly put his wife's dead body in a car trunk and left it at a casino parking lot some 20 miles away where she was found days later after being reported as missing.

Infante's son testified during the trial that his father told him he had killed his stepmother.

Investigators claimed they found blood in the couple's West Covina garage. Surveillance at the casino where Infante left the car carrying Tolentino's body had also linked him to the crime.

Though Tolentino lived 40 miles away in West Covina, she worked as a nurse at a local hospital in LA's Filipinotown neighborhood.

The couple also reportedly had a daughter together.

Infante is scheduled to be sentenced on July 8. He faces 25 years to life in prison.