RACINE (WKOW) – A 36-year-old man is charged with strangling his new wife before setting fire to a Mount Pleasant home where she was found on Christmas Day.
On Friday, Joseph Guerrero was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, arson and mutilating a corpse.
According to the complaint, Guerrero told police that on December 22 he got into an argument with 21-year-old Bianca Vite and she scratched him. Authorities said Guerrero then placed his hands around her neck. Guerrero said he tried to revive her.
Authorities found Vite on Christmas Day.
Guerrero told police he wanted to die and tried to light himself on fire before accidentally setting the house on fire.
According to the Journal Times, the couple was married in July.
According to online court records, Guerrero does not have a defense attorney listed.