Posted on | June 29, 2014 | 63 Comments
Police say Tiffany Nowden-Vale (left) murdered Russina Vale (right).
There are hate crimes and then there are love crimes, I guess:
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The former Colorado woman wanted in the death of her wife in California has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.
Tiffany Nowden was arrested in California Tuesday. She had been wanted since the June 5 death of her wife, Russina Vale.
Deputy District Attorney Lindsey Carinci said the couple — who had an “on-and-off” relationship — reconnected last November and got married early this year. . . .
(Their “on-and-off” relationship? Definitely off, now.)
Heath said Vale was originally from California and decided to move back because she hated winters in Colorado.
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.
The prosecutor said Vale sent an email to family and friends stating that the relationship with Nowden was over and that she was getting a divorce.
(Alas, it seems Nowden had other plans.)
Vale was found dead on June 5 when she didn’t show up for work.
Officers who made entry into the apartment found a naked Vale dead in her bed. She had been stabbed in the stomach, arm and chest, Carinci said.
By the way, there is no word on the fate of the couple’s two dogs, Scruffy and Bella, who disappeared after Vale’s murder.
Let us congratulate the lesbian community on this historic achievement: Equality in marriage and equality in murder.