Man charged in wife’s slaying

Octavio Vargas-Hererra

Prosecutors on Tuesday filed charges of first-degree murder and misdemeanor child abuse against a Grand Junction man accused of stabbing his wife to death in front of the couple’s 2-year-old daughter.

Octavio Vargas-Herrera, 24, was formally charged in the two-count complaint in District Judge Valerie Robison’s courtroom.

The body of Jeana Ann Vargas, 23, was found by her husband’s brother inside her home the night of March 14, according to an arrest affidavit. She had suffered multiple stab wounds to the neck.

Vargas-Herrera admitted to a Grand Junction police detective that he had stabbed her after she told him she didn’t love him anymore, the arrest affidavit alleges. He became enraged the night of March 14 after reading for the first time a series of blog entries from his wife, which indicated as far back as 2007 that she didn’t love him, the affidavit says.

It alleges that he grabbed his Leatherman tool, which included a knife blade, and hid it in his pocket, and that when she said no to his request to reconcile, he repeatedly stabbed her in the neck while their young daughter was feet away.

Vargas-Herrera is being held at the Mesa County Jail on $1 million bond.


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