East Palo Alto man's murder trial to begin

Richard Earl Slaughter charged with killing sparked by jealous rage, police say

The trial of a man accused of stabbing and slashing his girlfriend to death in her East Palo Alto apartment will begin on Thursday, Sept. 18, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Richard Earl Slaughter, 49, is charged with killing Philomena Ashford-Anderson, 47, on Aug. 12, 2013, 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 Ashford-Anderson.

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.

He initially pleaded guilty during his Aug. 4, 2013, felony arraignment, but he changed plea to not guilty after speaking to a defense attorney at the judge's recommendation. Slaughter remains in custody without bail.

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Posted by Raymond
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

I hope he gets what he deserves. I'm certain she has family too. Wouldn't want to be him when he starts serving time.

6 people like this
Posted by Maricela
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 18, 2014 at 8:22 am

I know her family and I knew her for many years. I know justice will be served for her and her family.
R.I.P Philomena.
As far as he is concerned, I have no words. God will be the Judge of his fate.

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Posted by Donte Robertson
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

This was my auntie she use to change my diapers when I was a baby. When I heard about this news my whole life changed thinking of all all the good times me and my auntie philomena had. She was my favorite auntie and she always gave me really good advice during the time when she was alive. My soul is torn without my auntie she was a second mom that I could turn to when I was going threw things in my life. I just gave her a hug a week or two before this incident happened. That was the last hug that I could give my auntie makes me realize that you never know when GOD is going to call you home. With that being said I pray that this guy gets the life sentence for taking my auntie life.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 9, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

Donte, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Thank you for commenting here, so that readers better understand what it means to lose a loved one to murder. Take care of yourself.

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