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Victims, suspect identified in deadly stabbing, shooting

By: Genevieve Curtis and Jamel Valencia
EL PASO, Texas -- The names of two stabbing victims were released Tuesday.

The 35-year-old woman who was allegedly stabbed to death early Monday morning is the city's sixth homicide of the year, according to police. Annette Hernandez died after police said her estranged husband, Charles Edward Morales, stabbed her in the chest, killing her inside her apartment on the 7200 block of Dale Road.

According to court documents, Hernandez withdrew an order of protection against her estranged husbanded 10 days before he stabbed her to death.

Hernandez took out the protective order in March for herself and her two children but withdrew it on April 26. She asked for another protective order July 3 and withdrew it again on July 19.

Police said Morales also attacked a second victim who was inside Hernandez's apartment. He was identified as 41-year-old Adrian Archuleta.

There is no word on the relationship between the two victims.

Archuleta was stabbed, according to police, by Morales multiple times in the chest. He was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. He is still receiving treatment for his wounds, police said.

Police investigators discovered Monday that Morales was a suspect. They said they found out that Morales was at his home on the 7800 block of Maverick Road.

When police arrived just before 7 a.m. Monday, they said he was armed with a knife. Police officials said Monday that Morales threatened the police officer with a knife when the officer was trying to check on the welfare of children inside of his home.

A Taser was used on Morales, but failed when it didn't work, said police officials.

They said Morales continued to threaten the officer with the knife when the officer shot and killed Morales.

Morales had an extensive criminal history including assault family violence and making a terroristic threat.

County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal could not comment on the case specifically, but she said that about 70 percent of women who file for a protective order end up asking to take it back or withdraw.

"Very often it can be economic reasons. When a person gets a protective order and the spouse or the partner are removed from the home, there are financial consequences, there are family pressures, there's fears. I think there's a natural human tendency to believe that things can get better in the relationship," Bernal said.

A few months ago, Morales reached out to KFOX14 saying he was having trouble attending his children's school events because of his criminal background.

 

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