Pasadena man faces life sentence for wife's murder

57-year-old acknowledges prosecutors could convict him in July 2011 stabbing death

September 18, 2012|By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun

A Pasadena man accused of killing his wife with nine stab wounds and 92 knife slashes admitted Tuesday morning that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him of first-degree murder.

Stephen Richard Salb, 57, entered an Alford plea in the July 2011 slaying of his wife, Jill Teets Salb, 38, in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. The plea means Salb maintains his innocence while acknowledging he could be convicted.

Salb faces life in prison, a sentence prosecutor Anne Leitess said the state will recommend at his November sentencing hearing.

Leitess said her case showed Stephen Richard Salb had become angry that his wife planned to leave him and he attacked her in their Pasadena home. Leitess said the woman's daughter and a roommate witnessed the early-morning killing and the daughter attempted to pull Salb off of his wife.

The daughter was injured in the struggle.

Leitess said the wife was stabbed in two major arteries and her eye and brain.

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