A 48-year-old Redwood City man who prosecutors say brutally stabbed and killed his girlfriend in a jealous rage and later told deputies where to find her body pleaded not guilty Monday to five felony charges including murder with a deadly weapon.
On Aug. 12, Richard Slaughter killed Philomena Ashford-Anderson, 47, in the East Palo Alto apartment on Newell Road that they had shared the last seven months, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. After stabbing Ashford-Anderson and slashing her throat, he downed a bottle of hard liquor and drove off in her car, according to prosecutors.
He was arrested at about 9:20 p.m. near the corner of Broadway and Jefferson Avenue in Redwood City after crashing into two parked cars, one of which was occupied, according to police. After he was booked into jail, Slaughter told sheriff's deputies what he had done to Ashford-Anderson.
Slaughter's jealous suspicions were "not based on fact," the district attorney's office wrote in a report for media. A spokesperson for the office was not immediately available for comment.
Although Slaughter told a San Mateo County Superior judge during his arraignment last month that he didn't need a defense attorney and was ready to plead guilty, he entered a plea of not guilty Monday. He is charged with murder with a dangerous weapon, carrying a loaded firearm, being a felon with a firearm, driving while under the influence, and driving while under the influence and causing bodily injury because a person in one of the cars he hit suffered neck injuries. Slaughter already has two criminal "strikes" against him, including a prior stabbing conviction, according to the prosecutors office.
Slaughter, who is being held without bail, is scheduled to return to court Oct. 15 for the scheduling of a preliminary hearing date.
His attorney Pat Concannon, assigned through the county's Private Defender program, was not available for comment Monday.