By Bert Eljera
This developed as the arraignment for the suspected killer, Richard Magdayo Dahan, the 40-year-old husband of Daisy Casanta Dahan, was postponed for Thusday.
Richard Magdayo Dahan appeared confused Wednesday and Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Deborah Lippis delayed his initial appearance to Thursday to obtain a Tagalog language interpreter.
The Associated Press reported that Dahan said he may also try to hire his own lawyer.
He’s being held under custody with no bail on a first-degree murder charge in the Friday killing of his 28-year-old wife.
Fisher, a co-worker of Dahan’s at Life Care Center, a nursing home and assisted-living facility on 6151 Vegas Dr. in Las Vegas, was outside court on Wednesday.
She said that she and her friends had feared Daisy Dahan was in a dangerously abusive marriage before she was killed.
She also said that Magdayo Dahan’s request for a Tagalog interpreter was a ploy because he “speaks fluent English.”
They were upset that there was a postponement.
Richard Dahan turned himself in at a police station a few hours after the slaying and provided a grim account of attacking his wife with a serrated chef knife, a meat cleaver and filet knife.
On Weednesday, Richard Dahan appeared in court in shackles, with a heavy bandage covering his right forearm, hand and ring and pinky fingers. Police had said he had severe cuts on his hans and a broken finger when he surrendered.
He told investigators he was a kidney transplant recipient in failing health, and recently lost his job as a chef at a Las Vegas Strip casino resort.
In a written statement, Dahan told police that Daisy Dahan wanted a divorce after a little more than two years of marriage, but he felt that was unacceptable because his parents stayed married until his father died.
They met in the Philippines and moved to the United States in 2011, where Magdayo Dahan’s relationship with his kids from an ex-girlfriend caused some tension in the marriage.