Man Pleads Not Guilty In Fatal Stabbing

On Tuesday Arnaldo Cruz, 53, plead not guilty to charges in the fatal stabbing of his ex-wife 58-year-old Betty Rodriguez.  Court papers show the stabbing took place at Rodriquez’s sister’s house at 25 Union Street in Springfield VT on Monday afternoon. Cruz allegedly stabled Rodriquez’s the neck in front the victim’s sister following an argument.  Cruz is being held without bail on the new charges of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter with a habitual criminal enhancement. Cruz has been convicted of three prior felonies in the state of New Jersey. On March 1 of this year, Cruz was arrested at the same Springfield address for two outstanding Vermont arrest warrants. At the time his address was listed as Jersey City NJ, and he was lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility-Springfield in lieu of $1000.00 bail.

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