The East Palo Alto man who reportedly told authorities where they could find the body of his girlfriend Monday informed a judge two days later that he “just wanted to plead guilty to murder,” according to prosecutors.
San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Mark Forcum advised against such a swift plea, pointing out the seriousness of the charges. He told 48-year-old Richard Slaughter to consult with an attorney.
But Slaughter appeared to have already made up his mind, telling Forcum he only wanted a lawyer to help him fill out the paperwork and plead guilty, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Thursday.
Slaughter was appointed a public defender and given seven days to decide how to plea. His arraignment was continued to Thursday.
Slaughter is facing multiple counts in connection with the fatal stabbing of 47-year-old Philomena Ashland-Anderson.
Authorities learned of the homicide when Slaughter, who had been arrested following a DUI collision that injured one person, told sheriff's deputies in County Jail that he had killed his girlfriend and would lead them to her body, prosecutors said.
Ashland-Anderson was found inside her apartment at 45 Newell Road in East Palo Alto with multiple stab wounds in the upper torso and a slit throat, police said.
The motive for the killing appeared to be “jealousy not based on fact,” Wagstaffe said.
After the killing, Slaughter, who had lived with Ashland-Anderson for seven months, allegedly downed a bottle of liquor and grabbed Ashland-Anderson's gun, which she had owned for protection. He then drove away from the home and veered into two other cars, Wagstaffe said, injuring the occupant of one of the vehicles before being arrested by Redwood City police.
Slaughter, who remains in custody on no-bail status, already has two strikes against him, including a past stabbing conviction, according to The Palo Alto Daily News.