What could make you stab your husband to death besides self-defense? An affair? Molesting your children? Let's face it, sometimes people are sympathetic to those who kill -- because the victim may have done something horrible. The wife of a former professional basketball player reportedly admitted she stabbed her husband to death, but says it was with good reason. Because she caught him looking at child pornography.
Marcia Garcia-Pellon, a teacher in Media, Pennsylvania, reportedly stabbed her husband, former NBA player Matthew White, to death with two knives while he slept in their suburban bedroom. Matthew reportedly woke up during the attack but was already too weak from his injuries and died. Marcia then got dressed and went to a friend's house. Police arrived on the scene after a neighbor called 911, found Matthew dead, and later arrested Marcia.
But Marcia claims she had reason for doing what she did. She reportedly said:
I caught him looking at pornography, young girls, I love kids. I had to do it.
Marcia's lawyer also says that she had "mental difficulties." Obviously, beyond self-defense, there's no excuse for killing anyone. And if she waited until he was sleeping, then this wasn't so much a crime of passion, or she would have done it as soon as she found the pornography -- unless he was sleeping when she found it.
But I can only imagine the shock and horror and betrayal she felt if she really did discover this. It's not an excuse to kill -- but certainly to smack someone upside the head and divorce him! And certainly to call the police.
However, another report says that police think that her husband was looking at women in their late teens and early 20s -- NOT children. But those sites often make legal-aged women look like children -- so she may not have known their ages. And how would the cops know this, I don't know, since they say it will take a computer forensic expert to figure out what, if anything, he was really looking at.
What would you do if you found your husband looking at child pornography?
Image via Delco District Attorney's Office