Torture claim added against wife in killing case

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Posted: Jan 10, 2012 1:27 PM
Torture claim added against wife in killing case

A woman accused of pouring boiling water on her sleeping ex-husband is facing a murder charge with the special allegation of torture.

The San Mateo County Times reports (http://bit.ly/AfAXRf) that prosecutors added the torture allegation Monday against 40-year-old Jesusa Ursonal Tatad of Daly City.

Prosecutors say she poured boiling water on her ex-husband, 36-year-old Ronie Tatad, as he slept on Nov. 26. The couple was divorced but still living together.

Prosecutors say she then clubbed him with a baseball bat when he jumped up and ran for the bathroom.

Authorities say she apparently thought her ex-husband was seeing another woman. Ronie Tatad died less than two weeks after the attack.

Jesusa Tatad has not entered a plea. She is due back in court on Jan. 23.

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Information from: San Mateo County Times, http://www.sanmateotimes.com