Crime & Justice

Update: Former LAUSD teacher Michael Rodney Kane charged with killing wife, pleads not guilty

Michael Rodney Kane
Michael Rodney Kane

Update 5:37 p.m.: Kane pleads not guilty

Former teacher Michael Rodney Kane, accused of stabbing his estranged wife to death in front of a house where she was seeking refuge from him, pleaded not guilty to murder charges Wednesday afternoon, The Daily News reported

Kane was formally charged with murder and one count of burglary Wednesday morning, and arraigned in Van Nuys Superior Court Wednesday afternoon, the paper reported. 

He is being held without bail. 

Update 12:36 p.m.: Former LAUSD teacher charged with killing wife 

A Los Angeles elementary school teacher has been charged with murder in the weekend stabbing of his estranged wife in West Hills.

Prosecutors announced Wednesday that 46-year-old Michael Rodney Kane is charged with one count of murder, one count of first-degree burglary with a person present, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of making criminal threats.

Kane will be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in the Superior Court's Van Nuys branch, and prosecutors plan to ask that he be held without bail.

Authorities say he confronted his wife, Michelle Kane, at a home in West Hills on Saturday, chased her outside and stabbed her multiple times. A man who tried to protect her was also stabbed.

If convicted, Kane faces up to life in prison.