October 1, 2010 1:09 AM

Merced man pleads not guilty in stabbing death of schoolteacher wife

In his first public appearance since the killing of his school- teacher wife, Rudy Romero pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder in a Merced County Superior Court room Thursday morning. The 41-year-old Romero was found injured in his family's Tioga Court backyard on Sept. 16. The body of his wife, Diane Romero, a 44-year-old teacher at Peterson Elementary School, was found in the backyard in the family's pool. She had been stabbed numerous times.

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