Witness in Cops Trail is Slain
prominent figure in the Sally Stanford burglary trial died yesterday
13 hours after he assertedly was stabbed by his girlfriends
enraged ex-husband. Joseph Correnti, 39, was knifed in the chest,
back, face, and arms Sunday afternoon by Phillip F. Salvia, a
29-year old Santa Clara meat cutter, police said.
Investigating officers said the car salesman was stabbed after
Salvia brought his three children back to his ex-wife, Madeline,
24, at their home at 20 Rolph Street after a Sunday visit. He
saw Correnti sitting in the living room.
"Its a dirty shame I have to lose my family because of you,"
said Salvia went outside after his wife threatened to telephone
police, but banged on the door shortly after and lunged inside,
waving a knife and attacked Correnti as Salvias children
and former wife watched helplessly, then fled.
in the evening, however, he walked up to a California Highway
Patrolman parked at a Millbrae drive-in and tossed the blood stained,
chrome-plated pocket knife into the patrol car.
"I just killed some guy in San Francisco," he said. " He was turning
my children against me."
was brought to City Prison where he was booked on a charge of
attempted murder. He was re-charged yesterday for murder.
had been scheduled to appear before Superior Judge Francis McCarty
yesterday, for sentencing on his recent conviction of conspiring
to forge and falsify auto ownership certificates.
Correnti had been a defense witness for convicted police officer
Salvatore Polani in the Sally Stanford burglary case. His testimony
questioned the honesty and integrity of Robert K. Worthington,
the key prosecution witness who tipped police of the plan to burglarize
Miss Stanfords Pacific Heights mansion.
had known Worthington for 20 years, he said, testifying the contractors
reputation for honesty "was not too good."