Friday, May 23, 2008

Family: Kids Witness Mom's Slaying


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The family of a Phoenix woman whose body was found in the back of her boyfriend's vehicle after he was pulled over in Mexico on a speeding violation said he was high on crack when he allegedly cut her throat in front of her two children on July 4.

Mexican authorities handed over Ryan Chronis, 24, to Phoenix police Saturday night in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Brianna Wood, 22, at her Phoenix condominium, Detective Bob Ragsdale of the Phoenix Police Department said. He was booked on charges of second-degree murder.

A Sonora, Mexico, police officer who stopped Chronis near Puerto PeƱasco late Thursday or early Friday spotted a blood-stained sheet in the rear of the vehicle, arrested him and notified Phoenix police, according to Ragsdale.

Family members told Phoenix TV station KPHO that Wood had been helping Chronis kick a drug habit at the time of her death. They said Chronis confessed to authorities that he slashed her throat because he was high on drugs.

"The long-term effects on her two children have yet to be fully determined," Wood said. "The impact of seeing their mother's death in front of them will not be known for years to come."

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