Photo: Maria Reyes Garcia-Pellon
Spanish citizen Maria Reyes Garcia-Pellon, who allegedly murdered her husband - former pro basketball player Matthew White - two weeks ago, is to appear at a preliminary court hearing in the city of Media, Pennsylvania, where a judge will determine if judicial proceedings should commence.
She is “so far separated from reality right now,” defense attorney Kathryn Labrum said several days ago referring to her client’s mental state, and the preliminary hearing has been scheduled to determine if Garcia-Pellon is - or is not - psychologically prepared to go to trial.
Garcia-Pellon stabbed her husband to death in bed while he was sleeping early in the morning after having surprised him viewing pornography, police said.
The crime was committed in the couple’s home in Nether Providence, a town in Pennsylvania’s Delaware County.
The 52-year-old Garcia-Pellon waited until the 55-year-old White fell asleep and then stabbed him fatally in the neck with a kitchen knife.
A few hours later, the woman went to the home of some friends and told them what had happened.
“I caught him looking at pornography, young girls. I love kids. I had to do it,” Garcia-Pellon told police.
The woman worked as a support teacher in an elementary school in Nether Providence, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
White played for the University of Pennsylvania between 1976 and 1979, but he pursued his 12-year professional career in Spain.
He played for several Spanish teams, including Valladolid Miñon/Grupo Libro Valladolid, RC Nautico Tenerife, Cacaolat Granollers, Puleva Baloncesto Granada and Valvi Girona.