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Relative claims alleged stabber discussed killing his wife

By Whitney Burbank, WhitneyB@kvia.com
Staff Report
Published On: Jul 31 2013 01:45:22 AM CDT
Updated On: Jan 15 2014 10:43:09 PM CST

Reporter: Whitney Burbank

El Paso, Texas -

An unidentified relative claimed 38-year-old Charles Morales confided with her about killing his wife less than a month before she was found stabbed to death.

Tuesday investigators identified Morales of the 7800 block of Maverick as the person responsible for the death of estranged wife Annette Hernandez and the attempted murder of Adrian Archuleta.

A family member said Morales and Hernandez had just finalized their divorce when she received a call from Morales she'll never forget. 

"He told me that he wanted to kill (Hernandez) and I asked him why. He said, 'But my daughter hid my knife and I don't know why,' And I said, 'That's good. Why do you want to kill her? There is no purpose, just let her live her life. You deal with your kids and let her do whatever she's doing.' And he goes, 'Yeah, but if her boyfriend does anything or gets near my daughters or does anything, I'll kill him. I'll kill her. I'll kill him and her,'" recounted the family member who did not want to be identified due to the violent nature of the crime. 

Police say Morales was armed with a knife and was shot and killed by officers after confronting investigators and officers just before 7 a.m. July 29 at his residence. Morales wrote in an Aug. 30, 2012 Facebook post that he was dying.

“… I went to my specialist on the 27th of August and he told me that I only had a couple of months to 2 yrs years because I have 3 tumors growing in the back of my head and they can’t be removed so all I’m asking is to don’t (feel) any pitty (sic) for or feel for either," Morales wrote. (Editor's Note: This is how it was posted on his page.)

July 29 Update: El Paso police have shot and killed a 38-year-old man they say was responsible for a 35-year-old woman's death and stabbing of a 41-year-old man.

The identities of the three people involved have not been released and neither has the officer's.

Police went to the home on Maverick to search for suspect in the woman's death. Police said thatas the officers approached the home the subject came out with knives and he was Tasered. When that did not work police then shot the man and he died on the scene.

Previous story: A woman is dead and a man in critical condition after two separate attacks in the Lower Valley early Monday morning.
 
El Paso Police are investigating the incidents that were just blocks apart. Investigators are not saying if the two attacks are related.  

The investigation is currently at the 7200 block of Dale road where police have been since about 2 a.m. Monday.
     

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