Wichita Man Pleads In Girlfriend's Stabbing Death

By: AP Posted by Amanda Lanum
By: AP Posted by Amanda Lanum
Eric Avila, 40, pleaded no contest in the kidnapping and murder of his girlfriend, Alina Burkman, 35.


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A man who stabbed his girlfriend to death after the couple was evicted from a hotel pleaded no contest in her killing.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office says Eric J. Avila, 40, pleaded Tuesday to second-degree murder and kidnapping in the killing of Alina Burkman, 35. She was stabbed in March during a fight with Avila in a K-Mart parking lot.

Avila also was stabbed during the argument and was arrested after recovering from critical injuries.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/ZsnMo7 ) Avila was originally charged with first-degree premeditated murder. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 27.

Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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