Teacher Charged With Murder in Estranged Wife's Stabbing Death

Michelle Kane was staying at a friend's house Saturday when she was stabbed in an attack that witnesses said continued in the street outside the home

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    A third-grade teacher in Tarzana accused of stalking and killing his estranged wife pleaded not guilty. Michael Kane's attorney said that when the case goes to trial, the public will learn a much different account of what happened. Patrick Healy reports from Van Nuys for the NBC4 News at 4:30 p.m. on June 19, 2013.

    A 46-year-old Southern California teacher pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder in the fatal stabbing of his estranged wife, who was killed one day after she reported that he violated terms of a restraining order.

    Michael Rodney Kane appeared at a brief arraignment hearing Wednesday afternoon at Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys.

    He was charged Wednesday morning in the deadly stabbing, which occurred Saturday at the West Hills home of the victim's friend. He faces a burglary charge, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of making criminal threats.

    Kane was brought to court in a wheelchair and had a large bandage on his neck. Kane was treated for injuries at a hospital Monday morning before he was booked, but details regarding his injuries were not immediately available.

    Teacher Arrested in Ex-Wife's Stabbing Death

    [LA] Teacher Arrested in Ex-Wife's Stabbing Death
    Police say deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department located Michael Kane at a Yucca Valley motel, two days after he allegedly stabbed his wife to death just one day after she filed a police report regarding a restraining order violation. Toni Guinyard reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Monday June 17, 2013.

    "The facts as reported in the media -- the so-called facts -- will not be the same once this case goes to trial. It will be substantially a difference in what happened," said his attorney, Stuart Faber, outside the courthouse.

    Faber added that Kane was "quite distraught," but declined to discuss health issues.

    Witnesses said the violence Saturday morning spilled into the street outside the home in the 7100 block of Deveron Ridge Road. Michelle Kane suffered multiple stab wounds, according to investigators.

    Witnesses said the attacker also stabbed a man who attempted to protect Michelle Kane (pictured, right).

    Her estranged husband, a teacher at Nestle Avenue Charter Elementary School in Tarzana, was arrested two days later at a motel in Yucca Valley, about 120 miles east of Los Angeles.

    Michelle Kane, 43, filed a police report on Friday reporting that Michael Kane had violated his restraining order, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The temporary restraining order was filed April 24.

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