A Boston is facing murder charges after an argument with his wife over a Christmas present turned deadly on New Year’s Eve.
Julio Resto, 51, pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in Waltham District Court Wednesday afternoon in the death of his wife, 42-year-old Gloria Resto. He was ordered held without bail.
Police say Resto first tried to strangle his wife and then stabbed her with a kitchen knife in their apartment in Waltham early Wednesday morning.
Julio told police his wife was upset with him because he did not buy her a Christmas gift, reports the station.
After he stabbed her, police say, Resto tried to kill himself by stuffing a towel in the exhaust pipe of his car, but it didn’t work.
Prosecutors say he then drove to Waltham police headquarters, walked in with a knife in his hand and yelled out to officers, “Shoot me. I have nothing to live for! I just killed my wife,” reports the station.
Police returned to the couple’s home where they discovered Gloria’s body. Her son was asleep in his bed unharmed.
Gloria Resto’s family is understandably devastated with an aunt telling the media, “She did a lot for everybody. She was just always there for us. Right now we all need our privacy.”
Julio Resto is due back in court on January 6.