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December 18, 2014

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Hearing set for man accused of killing wife after she asked for divorce

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Richard Magdayo Dahan enters the courtroom at the Regional Justice Center Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Dahan is accused of killing his wife Friday then driving to a Metro police station and turning himself in.

Dahan in Court

Richard Magdayo Dahan enters the courtroom at the Regional Justice Center Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Dahan is accused of killing his wife Friday then driving to a Metro police station and turning himself in. Launch slideshow »

A man police allege stabbed his wife to death after she asked for a divorce will have his case reviewed by a judge next month to determine if there is enough evidence to send him to trial.

Las Vegas Township Judge Deborah Lippis appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Richard Magdayo Dahan, 40, and set a preliminary hearing for Feb. 3.

A Tagalog interpreter translated the proceedings, which were delayed one day after the judge raised concerns that Dahan might have trouble understanding English.

Dahan, 40, is charged with one count of murder in the stabbing death of his 28-year-old wife, Daisy Dahan, on Friday at the couple’s apartment in the northwest Las Vegas Valley.

Richard Dahan, who turned himself in at a police station, said he became so furious after his wife brought up wanting a divorce that he stabbed her, according to a Metro Police arrest report.

Richard Dahan is being held in the Clark County Detention Center without bail.

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