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.