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

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

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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