An LAPD officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of premeditated, attempted murder after allegedly strangling his wife until she passed out, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.
Jose Robert Figueroa’s estranged wife had a black eye and bruises when she told KTLA that the Los Angeles Police Department officer had attempted to strangle her on May 18.
The alleged victim, who KTLA is not identifying because she may be a victim of domestic violence, was choked until she passed out and was tied up when she awoke, according to a press release from the DA’s office on May 22.
The two have a 6-year-old son and were going through a divorce, the woman said.
The 29-year-old officer turned himself in shortly after the incident and was charged with attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder of his wife.
He was “assigned home” and placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said in May.
Figueroa was expected to appear in court July 18, according to the DA’s office.