Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Man Who Killed Girlfriend Over Dirty Dishes Sentenced to 20 Years

A judge sentenced Mthulisi Ndlovu, 39, to 20 years Friday for the October, 2011, murder of his live-in girlfriend, Mary Mushapaidzi, 42, in their Bonney Lake, Wash., home. Ndlovu initially told police that Mushapaidzi had gone for a run and never came back, but later admitted to beating her with pruning shears and strangling her during an argument over dirty dishes.