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Richard Earl Slaughter Convicted Of First-degree Murder For Cutting Woman’s Throat

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A Redwood City jury found an East Palo Alto man guilty of first-degree murder Thursday for cutting his girlfriend’s throat last year in a fit of misguided jealousy.

Richard Earl Slaughter, 49, had been living with Philomena Ashford-Anderson, 47, for seven months in an apartment building at 45 Newell Road in East Palo Alto when he stabbed her and cut her throat in August of 2013, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Slaughter then drank a bottle of hard liquor, took a gun the victim kept for self-protection and drove off, Wagstaffe said.

In his drunken state, Slaughter hit two cars and injured the occupant of one, Wagstaffe said.

Redwood City police arrested Slaughter on suspicion of drunk driving. Once he was booked into the San Mateo County Jail, Slaughter told deputies he had attacked the victim, Wagstaffe said.

Police officers visited the apartment building and found Ashford-Anderson dead with multiple stab wounds to her torso, according to East Palo Alto police Capt. Federico Rocha.

Slaughter will return to court on Nov. 18 to face sentencing for first-degree murder, felony possession of a firearm by a felon, having a loaded firearm in a vehicle and felony drunk driving, Wagstaffe said.

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