Husband of slain Bernal Heights woman may face murder charge

Prosecutors said Tuesday they are weighing a murder charge against the husband of an elderly woman found strangled in her Bernal Heights home Friday.

“We’re still gathering all the relevant information in order to make an informed decision, with respect to how, if at all, to charge this case,” said San Francisco District Attorney’s Office spokesman Omid Talai.

Hao Mei Wu, 72, is believed to have been manually strangled, Talai said. Her husband, 74-year-old Ying Hua Wu, was hospitalized after apparently stabbing himself with a knife.

A motive for the killing has not been released.

Paramedics were called to a home in the 200 block of Justin Drive at 10:20 p.m. Friday and found Hao Mei Wu lying on the floor, unconscious and not breathing, according to the Fire Department. Medical personnel were then confronted by a man with a knife, believed to be her husband.

The man had blood on him and had stabbed himself in the neck, according to police. He was disarmed and arrested after advancing on the medics in a threatening manner, police said.

Both the husband and wife were taken separately to San Francisco General Hospital.

Hao Mei Wu was pronounced dead at the hospital Friday, according to police. Her husband remained there, in police custody, on Tuesday.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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