A 53-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his estranged wife at the Santa Monica supermarket where she worked was ordered Thursday to stand trial.
After a two-day hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathryn Solorzano found sufficient evidence to require Kelvin Melvin Green to proceed to trial on one count each of murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegations that Green intentionally killed Christina Talley on Aug. 21, 2011, by means of lying in wait and that the murder was committed while he was engaged in the crime of mayhem.
Prosecutors have not decided whether they will seek the death penalty against Green.
The 46-year-old victim died a day after being stabbed 41 times as she worked at a now-shuttered Albertsons store at 3105 Wilshire Blvd.
The assault charge involves a good Samaritan who tried to intervene but was not injured.
Green was initially identified as a person of interest, then ultimately determined to be a suspect in his estranged wife's slaying, according to Santa Monica police.
He was taken into custody the next day and is being held without bail. He is due back at the Airport Branch Courthouse for arraignment March 28, according to Deputy District Attorney Amy Carter.