A Utah woman was arrested Monday on suspicion of murdering her husband and then blaming his death on alcohol abuse.
The Unified Police and Fire Department on March 11 responded to a call about an unconscious male at the couple’s home in Kearns. They arrived to find Carlos Vizcarra-Corona, 33, dead.
His wife, Veronica Vizcarra, 30, told investigators he had a serious problem with alcohol and took too much Tylenol, according to a police affidavit.
Vizcarra-Corona had been hospitalized four months prior for alcohol abuse, the investigators said. But, on March 12, an autopsy found that Vizcarra-Corona died from blunt force trauma and a ruptured spleen. Police subsequently ruled his death a homicide.
When police questioned Vizcarra about unhealed bruises found on her husband’s chest, back and face, she said he had gotten into a fight at work about two weeks beforehand, the affidavit said.
However, Vizcarra-Corona’s sister and two of his coworkers told police there had been no such fight. Several witnesses said Vizcarra-Corona had told them his wife beat him with a staple or nail gun on Feb. 27. Some provided photos of fresh bruises consistent with those found on his body after he died.
During a search of the couple’s home, police seized items related to the alleged assault. They said Vizcarra stopped cooperating with their investigation and hired an attorney.
Vizcarra was being held without bail at the Salt Lake County Jail. She faced a first-degree murder charge.
Court documents show that Vizcarra has a history of violence.
In January, she was charged with criminal mischief, child abuse and two counts of domestic violence in the presence of children.
Vizcarra-Corona told officers his wife had been drinking alcohol and threw glass cups at him and his 11-year-old daughter, the affidavit said.
Last October, Vizcarra pleaded guilty to an assault charge for beating up a woman. She was charged the following month with retaliation against a witness, a third-degree felony, for allegedly intimidating the woman outside the courtroom after she filed her plea.
Vizcarra was scheduled to appear for a court hearing in the case of her husband’s death on April 25.