Carbondale man who allegedly told rescuers he killed his wife faces murder charge

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A Toyota 4Runner shown here rear-ended a semi in Carbondale on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. (Photo: Randy Essex/Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

CARBONDALE, Colo. — A man who crashed an SUV in the Western Slope town of Carbondale then allegedly told emergency workers he had just killed his wife as he was being airlifted to a hospital has been charged with first-degree murder.

Arturo Navarrete-Portillo, 46, is alleged to have killed his wife, Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya, 30, in an apartment on Feb. 16, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said.

Navarrete-Portillo crashed a Toyota 4Runner into a semi-trailer near Roaring Fork High School. While being airlifted, he allegedly told emergency crews that he had killed his wife in an apartment.

Portillo Amaya’s body was found with what appeared to be knife wounds.

Navarrete-Portillo remains in a Grand Junction hospital as he recovers from injuries suffered in the crush. Once he can be discharged, he will be taken into custody and formally arrested.

It’s the first homicide in Carbondale since 2003.