West Warwick man indicted in killing estranged wife

Robert Bethea appeard in court on Monday accused of killing his estranged wife in her home Sunday morning.

A Providence County Grand Jury reported out an indictment Wednesday charging a West Warwick man with killing his estranged wife.

Robert Bethea, 45, is accused of fatally stabbing 41-year-old Shelina Moreino on May 11 in her home on Valley Street in Central Falls, which is the suspect's former address.

Bethea wasn't supposed to be at the house at the time of the killing. The victim had obtained a no-contact order against him.

Prosecutors said Bethea violated the order, and that the suspect called 911 after he stabbed Moreino.

"The Central Falls Police Department received a 911 call from a male caller who stated he had stabbed his wife. The address was 149 Valley St. on the second floor. At approximately 5:11 a.m., officers arrived on the scene and found a female lying on the kitchen floor with multiple stab wounds," prosecutor Amy Dodge said on May 12.

Bethea had pleaded no contest in January to assaulting Moreino in November. During the assault, he was also charged with stopping Moreino from using a phone when he knew it was needed for an emergency call. He received a one-year suspended sentence and was ordered to have no contact with Moreino.

Bethea is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court on July 2.