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Woman accused of murdering husband's ex-wife faces judge

Angela McCraw-Hester, 35, is charged with aggravated murder and burglary.

A woman accused of murdering her husband's ex-wife faced a judge for the first time in the case on Thursday.

The suspect, Angela McCraw-Hester, 35, is charged with burglary and murder.

Gresham Police Detective Adam Baker said on June 10, 2016, at around 3 a.m. Annastasia Hester was stabbed multiple times.

It happened in her apartment on Southwest Eastman Parkway.

"She managed to call 911 for herself," Baker said, "very limited communication between the victim and the call taker indicating that she had been assaulted."

Annastasia was rushed to the hospital where she died.

"Some of the evidence gathered has kind of led us down the long path," Baker said.

As of last June, officers were still offering a reward in the case as they searched for the killer.

Last month they announced an arrest.

Officers said they nabbed Angela in Idaho where she was living with her husband, Matt Hester.

Baker said Matt and Annastasia divorced in 2012 after a bitter custody battle over their now 6-year-old daughter.

"Matt was taking care of the child while Annastasia was working," Baker said. "Prior to Angela coming into the picture, there was at least some communication between Annastasia and her ex-husband, Matt. Once Angela became part of Matt's life that communication either ceased or dramatically worsened. Part of that is just the relationship between the two different females and Matt. ... We knew some of those relationships were a little hostile, a little terse.”

Baker said Annastasia slept in her living room so her daughter could use her only bedroom.

He said Matt is not a suspect in the murder and won't be charged.

Officers believe Matt and Angela moved to Idaho about a year ago.

"Once Annastasia died Matt obtained custody because he's the father," Baker explained. "Because they were keeping in contact with family that's how we were able to find them in Idaho."

Baker would not reveal the motive in the case.

Matt told a KATU reporter via email that he was completely reliant on his wife's income and needs "all the help I can get."

Angela has no criminal record but Baker said the 35-year-old suspect was receiving Social Security because the father of one of her three children killed himself.

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