DA: Det. helped girlfriend flee police in murder case

PHILADELPHIA - Authorities say a veteran Philadelphia homicide detective stashed his girlfriend out-of-state while colleagues sought her in the slaying of her ex-husband.

Detective Ronald Dove was indicted Thursday on charges that include obstruction, evidence tampering, flight and conspiracy. CBS Philly reports he has since turned himself in to police.

Officials say Dove was the get-away driver after his girlfriend, Erica Sanchez, allegedly stabbed her ex-husband once through the heart in 2013.

Sanchez was arrested about five weeks after Cesar Vera's body was found inside a nightclub on Sept. 8, 2013. By then, police had lost the chance to gather her clothes, fingernails, car seats and other physical evidence.

Dove, a 16-year police veteran, was fired in November 2013 amid an investigation into his relationship with Sanchez.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says Dove hid Sanchez in an upstate New York motel for several weeks after the murder and even took her to visit Niagara Falls.

Williams says Dove cleaned and hid Sanchez's car after the murder, bought her a new cell phone that was harder to trace, and lied to detectives investigating the case.

"Dove should have come forward promptly to reveal that he knew the woman and to provide any useful information he might have had. Instead, he jumped into action to do just the opposite, to bury evidence," said Williams.

A defense lawyer said that Dove regrets the heartache he caused his peers.

"Ron did not believe he was helping a criminal but believed he was protecting a victim of domestic violence who acted in self defense," lawyer Brian McMonagle said.