Mug shot of Maria Garcia-Pellon, the wife of former University of Pennsylvania basketball standout Matthew White, has been arrested for the murder of her husband.
Mug shot of Maria Garcia-Pellon
Source: Nydailynews

A former basketball star was allegedly stabbed to death in his sleep by his wife after she caught him looking at child pornography, it has been claimed.

Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon used two knives to murder Matthew White in the early hours of Monday morning at their suburban home in Media, Pennsylvania. 

The teacher reportedly stabbed her husband – who played for the University of Pennsylvania and led the Penn Quakers to the Final Four in 1979’s NCAA Tournament – several times in the throat.

The 53-year-old, who also played professionally for the Portland Trail Blazers and in Spain, woke up during the frenzied assault and tried to fight her off.

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Matthew White (#21), right

But he was too weak and soon succumbed to his injuries and died, reports Philly.com.

Garcia-Pellon, who also attended the prestigious Ivy League university, reportedly told police: “I caught him looking at pornography, young girls, I love kids. I had to do it.”

After the attack, she changed her clothes and went to a friend’s house. Police were called to the couple’s home and White was found dead in his bed.

Garcia-Pellon also arrived at the home, where officers arrested her and charged her with first-degree murder.

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