Updated: 3:50 p.m. June 25, 2014
A woman accused of fatally stabbing her bride in their San Carlos apartment, then going on the run, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a murder charge and was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail.
Deputy District Attorney Lindsey Carinci said the couple – who had an “on-and-off” relationship – reconnected last November and got married early this year.
Tiffany Nowden, 39, had been at large since the evening of June 5, when Russina Vale, 38, was found dead in their residence, a condominium in the 7700 block of Mission Gorge Road, according to San Diego police.
Things seemed to be going well until late May, when Vale got into argument with Nowden at the Barona Casino, where the victim worked. Nowden was escorted off the Indian reservation, Carinci said.
Within hours of her death, police said they were seeking one person in the case and later announced they were searching for Nowden.
Police have not disclosed a motive for Russina Vale’s killing. She suffered stab wounds to her upper body.
A U.S. Marshals Service task force found Nowden at a home in the 2200 block of Market Street in Sherman Heights about 1:15 Tuesday afternoon and arrested her without incident.
She was expected to be booked into Las Colinas women’s jail in Santee on suspicion of murder, in the stabbing death, homicide Lt. Mike Hastings of the San Diego Police Department said.
The couple were married Dec. 3, according to the suspect’s Facebook page.
– City News Service
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