Las Cruces man accused of fatally stabbing wife now jailed

November 14, 2019

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police in Las Cruces say a man suspected of fatally stabbing his wife has been released from a hospital and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

They say 44-year-old Juan Lopez-Banos is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Amberly Busby Lopez.

Police were dispatched to the couple’s home Saturday night and reported finding a woman dead on the floor and Lopez-Banos on a sofa with a kitchen knife in his chest.

Investigators learned Lopez-Banos feared his wife was planning to leave him and he allegedly stabbed her and then turned the knife on himself.

Police officers interviewed Lopez-Banos at the hospital where he allegedly acknowledged stabbing his wife multiple times before attempting to commit suicide.

It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.