In the afternoon of April 16, police said 52-year-old Pedro Grajalez arrived at the Hartford Police Department and told officers he had stabbed his girlfriend and she was inside the vehicle parked in front of the building, WFSB reported.
Authorities went to the car and found 57-year-old Nilda Rivera covered in blood, officials said. She was transported to Saint Francis Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Deputies interviewed Grajalez, who told officers he had been planning on murdering Rivera for several days, WFSB reported.
Grajalez said he found out Rivera had been having an affair with another man. On April 16, he bought Rivera food and took her to a parking lot in Hartford to eat. Once there, he said he began stabbing her with a knife, according to WFSB.
He told police he “waited for her to die” before driving to the station to report the incident. He also told investigators he sent a photo of the crime to the victim’s new boyfriend.
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Court documents show Rivera “sustained upwards of 25 puncture wounds to her chest, head, face and arms,” WFSB reported.
Grajalez is being held on a $6 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court again on May 15, officials said.
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