Man Pleads Guilty To Fatally Stabbing Estranged Wife In Santa Monica Supermarket

Thursday, 12 Jun 2014, 8:32:00 AM

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Kelvin Green, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to murdering his estranged wife.
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Kelvin Green, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to murdering his estranged wife.

A 55-year-old man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to fatally stabbing his estranged wife at a Santa Monica supermarket.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Dabney immediately sentenced

Kelvin Melvin Green to 75 years to life in state prison following his

guilty plea to first-degree murder and his admission of two prior

strikes for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, according to

Deputy District Attorney Amy Carter.

Green was charged in the Aug. 21, 2011, attack on his 46-year-old

estranged wife, Christina Talley, who died a day after being stabbed 41 times while working at an Albertsons store at 3105 Wilshire Blvd.

The victim had gotten a restraining order against Green and had told

him she was going to permanently end their relationship, according to

the prosecutor.

As a result of Green's plea, an assault with a deadly weapon charge

was dismissed that involved a good Samaritan who intervened but was not

injured.

Two special circumstance allegations -- murder by means of lying in

wait and murder while engaged in the crime of mayhem -- were also

dismissed.

Green was initially identified as a person of interest, then

determined to be a suspect in his estranged wife's killing, according to

Santa Monica police.

He was taken into custody the next day and has been held without bail since then.

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