A Utah woman has been arrested for allegedly killing her husband after initially claiming that he was injured at work.
Veronica Vizcarra, a 30-year-old Kearns resident, was taken into custody on Monday in connection to the death of her husband, 33-year-old Carlos Vizcarra-Corona. Vizcarra-Corona was found unconscious in the couple’s home on March 11 and pronounced dead shortly thereafter, PEOPLE reports.
Vizcarra is alleged to have told investigators with the Unified Police that her husband had a “serious problem” with alcohol and had to be treated at the hospital for alcohol abuse four months prior, according to an affidavit obtained by the Deseret News.
Vizcarra-Corona also had “healing bruises … on (his) chest, back and face,” but Vizcarra reportedly explained that her husband had been injured during a fight at work two weeks before — claims that other witnesses would contradict during interviews later on, the affidavit states.
Vizcarra-Corona’s sister, as well as two of his co-workers, denied that the man got into a fight at work, KUTV reports.
However, Vizcarra-Corona did fight with his wife on Feb. 27 and March 11, the affidavit stated. Investigators allege during the fights, she battered him “with a staple gun and or nail gun,” the affidavit states, according to the Deseret News.
While authorities initially investigated Vizcarra-Corona’s death as being alcohol-related, the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office concluded on the day after the man's death that it was a homicide, according to the Deseret News.
"His cause of death was blunt force trauma with a ruptured spleen and would be ruled a homicide. The injury was in a stage of healing but was unable to heal due to the extensive damage,” the affidavit reads.
Authorities concluded that the injuries observed on Vizcarra-Corona’s body following his death were in line with the previous beatings he allegedly suffered at the hands of his wife. Police also obtained a search warrant for the couple’s home and recovered numerous items that they say Vizcarra used to assault her husband, according to KUTV.
Vizcarra is currently in custody at the Salt Lake County Jail, online records show. She has been charged with murder as well as criminal mischief, and her bond has been set at $5,480.
Vizcarra’s criminal history includes assault, child abuse, and domestic violence, according to the Deseret News. It was not immediately clear if she was available for comment.
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