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Lawyer: Slain Ex-Penn Player’s Wife Had Mental Troubles

Suspect Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon (Credit: Delco DA)

Suspect Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon (Credit: Delco DA)

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WALLINGFORD, Pa. (AP) — An attorney for a suburban Philadelphia woman accused of fatally stabbing her husband — a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s 1979 Final Four team — says her client has mental health problems.

Authorities say 55-year-old Matthew White was stabbed Monday in bed at his home in Nether Providence Township (see related story).  His wife, Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon, is charged with first-degree murder.

Police say Garcia-Pellon told a friend afterward — and later officers — that she had caught her husband viewing child pornography.

Her attorney, Kathy Labrum, tells the Delaware County Daily Times her client has been having mental difficulties. The Associated Press left a message for Labrum on Wednesday.

White, the starting center on Penn’s Final Four team, was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers. He also played in Europe.

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