Lawyer: Slain ex-player's wife had mental troubles

Updated: February 13, 2013, 10:39 AM ET
Associated Press

WALLINGFORD, Pa. -- An attorney for a suburban Philadelphia woman accused of fatally stabbing her husband -- a member of the University of Pennsylvania's 1979 Final Four team -- says her client has mental health problems.

Authorities say 55-year-old Matthew White was stabbed Monday in bed at his home in Nether Providence Township. His wife, Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon, is charged with first-degree murder.

Police say Garcia-Pellon told a friend afterward -- and later officers -- that she had caught her husband viewing child pornography.

Her attorney, Kathy Labrum, tells the Delaware County Daily Times her client has been having mental difficulties. The Associated Press left a message for Labrum on Wednesday.

White, the starting center on Penn's Final Four team, was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers. He also played in Europe.


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