The man accused of being an unholy lover after allegedly strangling his girlfriend with her rosary beads pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney.
The presumed anti-Christ allegedly snagged the woman’s cell phone, hoping to uncover evidence that she cheated and followed that up by twisting her rosary beads around her neck and then pressing a pillow against her face until just before she passed out, prosecutors said.
The victim was able to escape the home at one point but was allegedly attacked again in the street between two parked cars, authorities said. A witness intervened, allowing the victim to run away, they said.
The accused, Roberto Hernandez-Lopez — said to have a child with the victim — was booked on domestic violence and of attempted murder charges, police said. The case was set for jury trial Oct. 12.