The Assistant District Attorney Keith Garland told Patricia's husband's side of the story in court.
“She had come at him with a knife. He had kicked her in the stomach, taken the knife away and stabbed her,” Garland said.
Police say Patricia was stabbed three times and then stumbled to the front lawn.
“Pleading for help. She stated that she could not breath and was going to die,” Garland said.
In court Thursday, family members were shaking and crying as the accusations were read aloud, and court documents show the insults didn't end even as Richard was led away in handcuffs. He tried to kick the victim as he passed her.
"Taking a swipe at her, unbelievable,” Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz said.
He is appalled by Richard’s actions and said it's "one of the most vicious cases" he has seen in a long time.Richard was held without bail and is due back in court July 11.