MEDIA, Pa. (CBS) – The wife of a former University of Pennsylvania basketball player has been charged with his death.
According to police, 53-year-old Matthew White, who played for Penn’s basketball team in the late ’70s, was stabbed to death inside his Media home on Monday.READ MORE: University Of Pennsylvania Requiring Students Receive COVID-19 Vaccine To Return To Campus This Fall
Police in Delaware County say they were dispatched to the home, located at 810 Parkridge Drive, at about 12:44 p.m. for reports of a possible stabbing.
One of the officers encountered the suspect, Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon, as she was pulling into her driveway. While Garcia-Pellon was being arrested, she reportedly told officers, “I caught [White] looking at pornography -– young girls. I love kids, I had to do it.”
When police entered the house, they discovered a male in bed with obvious signs of trauma, including a stab wound to the neck. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at 1:01 p.m.READ MORE: Investigation Of Ocean City Beach Patrol Sexual Misconduct Allegations Continues, Mayor Adds Resources To Enforce City Policies
Garcia-Pellon was taken into custody, where she was questioned by Nether Providence police. She allegedly stated that between midnight and 1 a.m., she left her bedroom and went into the kitchen inside her house, where she had a glass of water and procured two knives. She then returned to the bedroom, concealing the knives underneath her side of the bed. When the victim, identified as Garcia-Pellon’s husband Matthew White, had fallen asleep, she stabbed him in the neck. White awoke and began to struggle with Garcia-Pellon for control of the knives before stating, “I’m dying, I’m dying,” and collapsing on the bed.
Garcia-Pellon said she then changed clothes and left the home.
Police also interviewed a neighbor of the couple, who stated that just before 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 11th, Garcia-Pellon arrived at her house and told her that her husband had been watching child porn on his computer, and she’d stabbed him. The neighbor then called police.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Redanauer Arrested On Assault Charges After Allegedly Threatening, Pointing Gun At Victim During Off-Duty Verbal Altercation
Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon has been charged with first-degree murder. She is being held at Delaware County Jail.