Albion, N.Y. (WKBW) - Luis Rodriguez Flamenco, 24, was in Albion Town Court this morning and pled not guilty to charges of second-degree murder. He is accused of stabbing to death Kathleen Byham, 45 of Albion. Byham's fiancé Paul Fox was in court, visibly shaken by the tragedy.
"She was my life and it's hard to accept it right now," Fox said.
Flamenco, an illegal immigrant, allegedly approached Byham as she was walking out of Wal-Mart at 7 p.m. Sunday night. Authorities said he attempted to steal her car but instead began stabbing her repeatedly in the torso. When asked by police why he stabbed her, Flamenco told them that he didn't know.
Orleans County District Attorney Joe Cardone said this murder has shocked the entire community.
"People are generally upset by this incident. Our Wal-Mart is frequented by many families in the community and they are really upset about this random act of violence," Cardone said.
Many people witnessed the crime and it was also caught on the Wal-Mart Surveillance video. Cardone said they will use that video to piece together the events of that night.
"It makes no sense what happened here. Ms. Byham was loved and respected individual. This was a random act of violence and outraging our community. We are going to treat it very seriously," Cardone said.
Two other men, also illegal immigrants, were with Flamenco at the time the crime happened but police said they were not involved with the stabbing. They were not charged and have been turned over to U.S Border Patrol. As, for Flamenco, is being held without bail and his case will now head to a grand jury.