SAN DIEGO (CBS 8 / CNS) - Bail will not be lowered for a Mira Mesa man accused of murdering his wife. Forty-three-year old David Ditto appeared in court Friday and asked the judge to lower his bail from $2 million to $400,000. Ditto's parents were willing to put up their homes as collateral.
Ditto appeared for a brief bail review hearing before Judge David Szumowski, who left intact a protective order that the defendant have no contact with his two children.
Shortly before 1 a.m. on March 12, he made an emergency call to report that his 38-year-old spouse, Karina, had fallen down a flight of stairs in their residence in the 7700 block of Canyon Point Lane and was badly injured, according to San Diego police Lt. Ernie Herbert.
Medics performed CPR on the woman at the scene, then took her to a hospital, where she was admitted in critical condition. She died of her injuries on March 14.
Her husband was arrested three days later.
Deputy District Attorney Claudine Ruiz told reporters after David Ditto's first court appearance that his wife's injuries were "consistent with strangulation and blunt force trauma."
The victim had extensive bruising all over her body, including multiple bruises to her left temple, face, jaw line, arms, legs and even a pattern consistent with a stomp or footprint to her leg, the prosecutor said.
Defense lawyer Keith Rutman said his client had no reason to kill his wife and was heartbroken that she was dead and that he is accused of murdering her
A May 7 preliminary hearing is scheduled for the defendant, who faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted, Ruiz said.
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