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Standoff detailed in samurai sword murder trial

By Will Bigham on June 15, 2009

RANCHO CUCAMONGA -- Jurors heard detailed testimony today about the five-hour standoff at Michael Burton's home following the death of his wife, who Burton allegedly stabbed 10 times with a three-foot samurai sword.

Today was the second day of testimony in the West Valley Superior Court murder trial for Burton, a former Pasadena firefighter.

Burton and his wife, Otilia Burton, were in the midst of a contentious divorce when he allegedly stabbed her to death following an argument on July 16, 2006 at the couple's Rancho Cucamonga home.