New Mexico Crime Scene Unit investigators outside the Vigil residence on Thursday.
Eppie Vigil's booking photo taken on Thursday when he was booked into the Quay County Detention Center.
A Tucumcari woman is dead and her husband is in jail.
Eppie Vigil, 55, is being held at the Quay County Detention Center, accused of stabbing his wife, Lucy Vigil, 46, to death, according to court documents.
Eppie Vigil was charged with an open count of murder and with tampering with evidence Thursday in Quay County Magistrate Court. No bond was set and a lawyer is to be appointed to represent him.
The slaying occurred Wednesday at the couple's home at 520 East Aber St., court records show.
Eppie Vigil and his wife “got into (an) argument and she came towards him grabbing him and scratched his right arm. He said he got mad and just lost it,” according to court documents.
In the investigative report, Eppie Vigil said he stabbed his wife more than two times, and “he didn’t know how many times he stabbed his wife ... in the living room of their residence,” according to the documents.
Eppie Vigil said he threw the knife on top of the house and that the knife came from the couple’s kitchen and “it was like a steak knife,” the documents stated. He also said, “Lucy Vigil didn’t have any type of weapon or anything in her hands,” the documents stated.
The argument occurred while the couple, married for about 23 years, was alone at their house, the documents stated. Their children, Lisa, 16, and Leon 13, were at church, the documents stated.
Eppie Vigil told investigators his wife was “physically abusive towards him and over the past several years had hit him and pulled his hair,” the documents stated.
Calls were made to 911 at 8:11 p.m. and 8:14 p.m. on Wednesday. The first call was to request an ambulance and the second to report what was thought to be a homicide, court documents stated.
When police arrived at the scene, a young male was in the front yard of the residence who appeared very upset and a young female was in the street crying and an adult male was walking in the yard, the documents stated. The young male told police “go inside and help his mother,” and the young female began screaming, ‘He killed her,’” the documents stated.
Court documents show the adult male was Eppie Vigil, the young man was the Lucy Vigil’s son and the young female was her daughter.