Heather Gumina Waters was killed to prevent her testimony, prosecutors allege
KTLA / El Dorado County
Anthony Gumina, Heather Gumina

By Doug Johnson, KTXL

EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) -- The man accused of killing his wife in El Dorado County made his first appearance in a courtroom Tuesday.

Appearing before a judge for the first time, Anthony Gumina could be seen tearing up as his court-appointed lawyer pushed back his arraignment until Sept. 24.

A new criminal complaint states he killed her because “Heather Gumina was a witness to a crime and was intentionally killed to prevent her from testifying in a criminal proceeding.”

That may be referring to a January case when Gumina was charged with headbutting Gumina Waters and tackling her while she held her 4-year-old son. He was also accused of kicking in doors and forcibly removing phones from his wife in order to prevent her from dialing 911, according to court documents.

Gumina is being held at the El Dorado County Jail without bail.

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