|Police getting ready to charge Arturo Gatti's wife with premeditated murder! More Details
By Johnny Benz, Benz Report for Doghouse Boxing (July 12, 2009)
UPDATE: Brazilian authorities have charged the wife of slain former boxing champ Arturo Gatti with her husband's murder, police said.
Brazilian Police have held a press conference and are preparing to charge Arturo Gatti's wife, Amanda Rodrigues, with premeditated murder of her husband. Police believe that Gatti's wife killed her husband by strangulation after he had passed out in a drunken state. Gatti, 37, was found dead yesterday at a posh hotel room in the resort of Porto de Galihnas. Police found Gatti's body with blood on the neck and back of his head.
Police first became suspicious of Gatti's wife due to inconsistencies in her story of the events. Rodrigues denies she had anything to do with her husband's death, telling Police that she awoke early in the morning (July 11) and then found her husband dead. She found her husband with an injury to the back of his head and strangulation marks on his neck. She also told police her and her Husband got into a fight after leaving a bar Friday night and he had pushed her to the ground.
At the crime scene, Police took as evidence her Purse. Police took the purse to test the strap, which they found with blood on it.
Police think that Gatti's wife first tried to kill him using a kitchen knife to the back of his head while he was passed out. The injury to the back of his head was not enough to kill him. Police then believe she strangled her husband to death with the strap on her purse.
Gatti's wife is claiming she is innocent and that someone else entered the room and killed her Husband. Police find that senario highly unlikely as the Hotel room could only be accessed my a magnetic strip card. A Police officer working the case stated: "It is humanly impossible, because access to the room is done only with a magnetic card. The apartment is on the second floor, and only has one window, and it would be necessary to climb in order to come in."
The Police investigation is still not complete, but authorities are preparing to present a formal accusation against Rodrigues. Police said Rodrigues could not explain how she spent nearly 10 hours in the room before noticing her husband was dead. Police are also still investigating witness reports that the couple fought and Gatti was drunk when he returned to his room Friday night. According to reports, Police were told the pair were extremely jealous of one another and Gatti complained often about the kind of clothes she wore when she travelled to her home country, Brazil.
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