Saturday, December 10, 2011

Denton, TX: Husband charged in wife’s killing

By Rachel Mehlhaff / Staff Writer
Denton police are investigating the death of a 44-year-old woman Wednesday night.

Police identified Mimoza Diko as the victim. Her husband, Petrit Diko, has been arrested and charged with murder.

Denton police received a call at about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, and a man told dispatchers he killed his wife, according to a police report.

Petrit Diko remained in Denton City Jail on Thursday in lieu of $250,000 bail.

He was outside when officers arrived at the apartment complex in the 600 block of Londonderry Lane, and he told them he had killed his wife, the report stated.

Diko led police to the couple’s upstairs apartment, where an officer reported that there was a bloodstained mattress outside the door, across the hall, leaning up against the wall.

The apartment door was open when police arrived and the officer reported seeing a woman lying face down in the entry hall covered in blood. The officer reported that she was moaning lightly and sounded as though she was gasping for air.

She had visible puncture wounds to her head, hands and upper torso, the report stated.

Mimoza Diko was taken by helicopter ambulance to Medical City of Plano, Denton police spokesman Ryan Grelle said.

The responding officer asked Petrit Diko how his wife sustained the injuries and he told police he hit her with a piece of wood and also attacked her with a screwdriver, a knife and scissors, according to the police report.

He told the officer that he wasn’t trying to hide anything and that he would tell police everything, according to the police report.

He told police that his wife told him she wanted a divorce, the report states, and he became enraged and attacked her.

In response to an officer’s question, Petrit Diko said he had changed clothes and showered after the attack, and had put his bloodied clothes in the bedroom closet.

As the officer went to contact the neighbors, he reported discovering a key in a nearby apartment door, which was unlocked.

Petrit Diko was the maintenance man for the apartment complex and had keys to all of the apartments, the report stated.

The officer reported that it appeared as if Petrit Diko might have been trying to conceal the mattress in the apartment, which was vacant.

Nick Guajardo and Jennifer Uribes, neighbors of the Dikos’, said Thursday that they were both away from their apartment when the incident occurred.

Uribes said that when she returned home, she saw Petrit Diko moving a mattress but he ran inside when he saw her coming.

While officers were still at the apartment, they learned that Mimoza Diko had died from injuries sustained in the assault, according to the report.

RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6889. Her e-mail address is .

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