A man accused of killing his girlfriend in her East Palo Alto apartment changed his plea to not guilty, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's office.
Richard Earl Slaughter, 48, is charged with killing his girlfriend, Philomena Ashford-Anderson, 47, on August 12 in the Newell Road apartment they shared.
The couple had been living together for seven months when Slaughter allegedly became enraged over phone calls Ashford-Anderson received. Police say the jealousy was unfounded, but Slaughter allegedly stabbed Ashford-Anderson multiple times and slashed her, finally cutting her throat. Afterward, he allegedly downed a bottle of hard liquor and drove off with her gun, which she kept for protection.
Slaughter was apprehended by Redwood City police after he veered into two cars and injured the occupant of one vehicle. He was arrested for drunk driving, and when booked into San Mateo County Jail, he allegedly told deputies what he had done to the victim.
He is charged with murder, an enhancement for using a deadly weapon, violating his parole and committing a felony while on parole, being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm and two DUI counts. His is a three-strikes case.
Initially Slaughter pleaded guilty during his Aug. 4 felony arraignment in San Mateo County Superior Court. He said he did not need a lawyer, and he just wanted to plead guilty to murder. But Judge Mark Forcum pointed out the seriousness of the charges. The judge told Slaughter he should have a lawyer. But Slaughter said he understood and just wanted a lawyer to help him fill out the paperwork to plead guilty.
The court appointed the Private Defender Program to represent Slaughter, and after speaking with an attorney, he stopped talking. Slaughter remains in custody without bail and will appear in court on Oct. 15 to set a preliminary-hearing date.