Woman pleads no contest to scalding ex-husband to death

Holy moly. In the Bay Area, a woman pled no contest to killing her ex-husband by throwing boiling water over his naked body before beating him in the head with a baseball bat: Daly City woman pleads no contest to killing ex-husband with scalding water, DA says.

In November 2011, Jesusa Tatad attacked her ex-husband Ronnie Tatad while he was sleeping, pulling back the covers and dousing him with a pan of water she had boiled. The burns covered 55 percent of her body, and he died in the hospital of a blood infection two weeks later.

The couple had been divorced since 2007, but were still living together and apparently trying to reconcile their marriage. But two weeks before the attack, Jesusa found Ronnie with another woman in their apartment:

Jesusa Tatad reportedly had walked in on him just two weeks before with another woman in their apartment. It was two weeks after the hot water attack when Ronnie Tatad died in a hospital of a blood infection brought on by the burns which covered about 55 percent of his body, prosecutors said.

After being doused with the water Tatad ran from the apartment and across the 200 block of Coronado Street where he was wet, half-naked, hysterical and hiding behind a car. An apartment complex maintenance man found him and called for help.

Though he was screaming as his burned skin was "flaking off" Tatad became more frantic as his ex-wife approached, said police. He yelled for officers to keep her away from him and she admitted to scalding him. But as police prepared to handcuff his ex-wife, Tatad reportedly pleaded with an officer not to arrest her.
Ronnie didn't sound like much of a standup guy, but that's an awful way to die. Jesusa Tatad, who pled to second-degree murder, will face 16 years to life behind bars. She is scheduled to be sentenced next month. More here: Daly City woman takes deal for scalding ex-husband to death.

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