Man to be arraigned for stabbing wife on Thanksgiving

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge has set an arraignment date in February for a San Mateo man who is charged with stabbing his estranged wife with a syringe on Thanksgiving Day because she wouldn't take him back.

During a Tuesday afternoon hearing, Judge Lisa Novak decided there was enough evidence for Daniel Magana, 59, to go to trial on charges of felony assault, inflicting great bodily injury and misdemeanor charges of threats.

Magana and his wife had been married for 22 years, but had separated five months before. Around 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Magana's wife was unloading groceries from her car when Magana allegedly came up behind her and threw her to the ground.

Magana then climbed on top of her and stabbed her multiple times with a syringe, screaming that she would die like he is dying, because she refused to reconcile with him, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Magana allegedly stabbed her multiples times in the chest, shoulder and leg. During Tuesday's hearing the victim testified that she could not tell if there was any liquid in the syringe at the time of the attack.

The syringe used in the attack has never been recovered, Wagstaffe said.

The couples' son heard the commotion and ran outside to pull Magana off of his mother.

Magana remains in custody on $200,000 bail and will return to court Feb. 6 for his arraignment.

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