The Thanksgiving festivities of a New Mexico family were turned upside down Thursday after a husband allegedly stabbed and dismembered his wife.
Prior to the family’s Thanksgiving meal, Karlan Denio, 62, was found lying in bed with his wife Connie’s body on the floor. According to a criminal complaint obtained by the Albuquerque Journal, Denio was taken into custody Thursday afternoon and charged with first-degree murder.
Before the family dinner, Denio’s brother arrived at the Denio home, where he found he was unable to enter and contact him. When he discovered these strange circumstances, he called his sister, who contacted local authorities. Police informed the siblings they could not force their way into the house.
According to KOB4, the siblings then drove to the Denio home, where they knocked on doors and windows while waiting for police to arrive. They were eventually able to get into the house through the garage.
She noticed that the house was dark inside when she entered the home and found her brother next to her sister-in-law’s body.
“When Karlan looked at her, she backed out of the residence and called the police again,” the complaint said.
An officer responded to the scene and found the body of Connie “dismembered and disemboweled.” Denio was transported to the hospital for leg and neck injuries.
According to relatives, Denio was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) two years ago.