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
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
Two special circumstance allegations -- murder by means of lying in
wait and murder while engaged in the crime of mayhem -- were also
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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