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Wichita Man Pleads In Girlfriend's Stabbing Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A man who stabbed his girlfriend to death after the couple was evicted from a hotel pleaded no contest in her killing.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office says 40-year-old Eric J. Avila pleaded Tuesday to second-degree murder and kidnapping in the killing of 35-year-old Alina Burkman. She was stabbed in March during a fight with Avila in a K-Mart parking lot.

Avila also was stabbed during the argument and was arrested after recovering from critical injuries.

Avila was originally charged with first-degree premeditated murder. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 27.


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