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.