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Police report details man's alleged motive to kill wife

Joyce Lupiani

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Police report details man's alleged motive to kill wife

CREATED Jan. 13, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The man who turned himself in after stabbing his wife told police he did it because she wanted a divorce.

40-year-old Richard Magdayo Dahan walked into a police station on Jan. 10 and turned himself in. During an interview with police, Dahan told them that he felt that killing 28-year-old Daisy Casalta Dahan was the "only thing left for him to do" and that if he could go back in time, he would kill her again.

The police report, which was released Monday morning, describes the murder in graphic detail.

According to the report, Dahan said the relationship between himself and his wife had changed after moving to Las Vegas and she became jealous and demanding. Dahan said Daisy did not like him seeing his ex-girlfriend whom he has two children with and would become angry if he gave money to his children.

Dahan said that on the day of the murder, Daisy was sitting at their dining room table in their small apartment at the Camden Vintage Apartments near Vegas Drive and Torrey Pines.

She told him that she wanted a divorce and wanted him to sign the paperwork.

Dahan said he became angry and took a large knife out of their dishwasher. He then walked up behind Daisy and stabbed her in the base of her neck.

Daisy began fighting with her husband and he forced her to the floor. He then began trying to saw at her neck with the serrated neck but the knife became tangled in her hair.

Dahan next used a meat cleaver on his wife. He struck her several times on her head. After that, he stabbed her in her abdomen and placed the knife in her mouth, cutting outward from the corner.

Even though he wasn't sure that she was dead, Dahan told police he took a shower while still wearing his bloody clothes. He then removed his clothes and replaced them. Next, he left the apartment and drove to the police station.

After the confession, Dahan was advised that he was under arrest for the murder of Daisy with use of a deadly weapon. Dahan agreed and thanked the detectives.

Dahan, who received minor injuries during the incident, was transported to University Medical Center for treatment. Afterwards, he was booked into Clark County Detention Center.

Dahan is a former chef at Mandalay Bay and his wife worked at the Life Center of Las Vegas.

Her boss talked with Action News about what kind of person the world has lost.

Director for Nusing Thelma Olea described Daisy as a caring person.

Daisy was a nursing assistant at the center and working to become a registered nurse. Her boss learned Monday that Daisy had passed the licensing exam.

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