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Man charged in fatal stabbing of his wife in 2001

Charlotte S. Cole and Richard Keith Cole

The husband of a woman found stabbed to death more than a decade ago behind an Arcadia restaurant has been charged in her killing, prosecutors said.

Richard Keith Cole, 72, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one felony count of murder for the 2001 death, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Cole is being held on $1-million bail, prosecutors said.

Cole, who was arrested last month, is accused of using a knife to kill his wife, Charlotte Cole, whose body was found with multiple stab wounds on Sept. 1, 2001. She was 50.

Prosecutors said that, if convicted, Cole could face a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in prison.


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Photo: Charlotte S. Cole and Richard Keith Cole. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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