UPPER UWCHLAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Despite a protection-from-abuse order, a Chester County, Pa., mother of four agreed to meet her estranged husband at her workplace Sunday night so she could give him two letters.
But, authorities said Monday, the exchange was a setup for homicide.
James J. Hvizda, 45, told police that he had been planning to kill his wife, Kimberly A. Hvizda, since around St. Patrick's Day and even kept a journal chronicling his murderous intentions, the criminal complaint said.
Kimberly Hvizda, 37, of Chester Springs, was starting her shift at the Wawa convenience store in Upper Uwchlan Township at 11 p.m. when James Hvizda, met her outside. James Hvizda told police that he had purchased a knife from Dick's sporting goods store in Langhorne the day before, the complaint said.
The couple talked in front of the store and then walked over to Kimberly Hvizda's van; as Kimberly Hvizda reached in to grab the letters, James Hvizda drew the knife and stabbed his wife multiple times, leaving the weapon protruding from her stomach, the complaint said.
"This was a cold-blooded, pre-planned killing. The defendant executed his wife, the mother of his four children, with casual efficiency," said Hogan. "Those four children are now left without a mother and with a father charged with murder."
Police were notified about the stabbing twice, the complaint said. A co-worker at the Wawa called 911 after checking on Kimberly Hwizda's whereabouts and finding her body in the parking lot.
In the meantime, James Hvizda walked into the nearby Upper Uwchlan Police Department about 11:10 p.m. to report that he had just killed his wife, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a taped interview with police, James Hvizda said he had set up the fatal rendezvous on March 21 and "it was his intention to kill her during that Sunday meeting," the complaint said.
Hogan said Kimberly Hvizda received a protection-from-abuse order against James Hvizda in November that was active until November 2014. James Hvizda is awaiting arraignment on charges of first-degree murder and related offenses.
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