Rock Island murder suspect opts for bench trial

Ului Teulilo

WATERVILLE — The Rock Island man accused of bludgeoning his wife to death agreed Monday to undergo a trial without a jury.

Ului Teulilo, 69, says he wants an Oct. 9 bench trial before Douglas County Superior Court Judge Brian Huber, who would decide his guilt or innocence. He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder.

Police found the body of the defendant’s wife Peggy Marie Teulilo, 68, at the couple’s trailer home near the Columbia River in July 2018. She had previously reported multiple threats by her husband to harm her.

Teulilo sought the bench trial after extended conflicts with his original court-appointed attorney. Wenatchee lawyer Nick Yedinak will manage Teulilo’s case at trial.