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Man accused of killing wife, dumping body in yard will stand trial for murder

Alberto Martinez-Villa (Photo Source: Al Cannon Detention Center) Alberto Martinez-Villa (Photo Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -

A Mount Pleasant man accused of killing his wife will stand trial for murder.

A judge ruled on Thursday that there is enough evidence for the case against 40-year-old Alberto Martinez-Villa to continue.

The suspect originally told Mt. Pleasant police his wife was missing, but police say he killed her and dumped her body in North Charleston.

Martinez-Villa has been held in the Charleston County Detention Center since his arrest in November.

Villa is charged with murder in the death of his wife, Augustina Hernandez-Hernandez.

Investigators say Martinez-Villa killed his wife at the couple's home on Rifle Range Road in Mt. Pleasant, and then dumped her body in the yard of a home on Larry Road in North Charleston.

After North Charleston detectives found Hernandez-Hernandez' body, a Mt. Pleasant police detective got there after tracking her cell phone.

Police say the victim had stab wounds on her body.

In addition to murder, Martinez-Villa also is charged with possession of a knife during a violent crime.

No trial date has been set.

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