On Wednesday, a Chicago man was charged with killing his ex-wife and beating her boyfriend in northwest Indiana.
Margarito Valdivia, 44, has been charged with the murder for killing Erica Valdivia, 33, just days after the two had finalized their divorce. He is also charged with battery with a deadly weapon and battery resulting in serious bodily injury for beating her boyfriend, who was not named.
The murder took place at around 5 a.m. Tuesday in Munster, IN. At around 5:45, police responded to a disturbance at a home in Munster. When they arrived, they found the boyfriend outside the home with a large cut to his head. He had reportedly been hit numerous times by Valdivia and forced outside.
After SWAT surrounded the apartment, Valdivia surrendered. Inside they found the severely beaten body of Erica Valdivia in bathroom. She had “major trauma” to head, particularly her face. Though rushed to Community Hospital, he was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m.
Valdivia has a long history of violence. In 1990, he was arrested of one count of domestic violent, and an order of protection was filed against him. the charges were dropped, but in 1994, he was charged with domestic battery and resisting arrest. Though found guilty of resisting arrest, he was given just one year of probation. Three years later he was charged with possessing a firearm without a gun owner’s permit and criminal damage. After pleaded guilty, Valdivia was given just two years court supervision. Most recently, however, he was found guilty of battery for a July 23, 2012 attack. Once again, he was given only a year’s conditional discharge.
The couple had been estranged for about 4 months, when Valdivia reportedly drove to Munster from Chicago and beat his ex-wife to death.
Valdavia is being held without bail at Indiana’s Lake County Jail.