PHILLIPS (WAOW) – A plea deal to avoid a trial in the killing of a 37-year-old Park Falls woman could be in the works, a prosecutor said Thursday.
William Rambo, 47, of Park Falls told a judge that he's willing to enter an Alford plea to first-degree intentional homicide in the Aug. 22 death of his estranged wife Dawn Rambo, according to online court records.
Circuit Judge Ann Knox-Bauer listened to arguments, including prosecutors' willingness to recommend the plea, but she took them under advisement, court records said.
Price County District Attorney Mark Fuhr said a hearing will be held later if the judge is willing to accept the plea.
With the Alford plea, Rambo would acknowledge there was evidence to convict him but he wouldn't admit guilt, although the judge could convict him as if he pleaded guilty.
Rambo's three-day trial is set to begin Wednesday, court records said.
A criminal complaint said Rambo became angry and frustrated with his estranged wife because she wouldn't provide him a temporary place to live so he slashed and repeatedly stabbed her.
She suffered eight stab or cut wounds on her face and neck, the complaint said.
"I got nothing to hide. I did what I did. It is what it is," Rambo told investigators, according to the complaint. "I'm worse than Jodi Arias."
Arias was convicted of murder in the June 2008 death of her ex-boyfriend in Arizona. He died of multiple stab wounds, a slit throat and a gunshot to the head. Arias was convicted in May 2013 in a trial that received widespread media attention.
On the day Mrs. Rambo was killed, court documents were filed accusing her husband of battery of her just days earlier, authorities said. He was not to have contact with her without prior written consent, according to court records.