Sioux City crime
Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal file

SIOUX CITY | Sioux City police have charged a Hubbard, Neb. man with second-degree murder in the death of a South Sioux City woman that occurred early Sunday morning.  

The police responded at 12:40 a.m. to a call of an unconscious woman, Margarita Morales, 21, at 2018 Iowa St. in Sioux City. She was reportedly assaulted, according to a press release.

Morales was in a vehicle with Rogelio Pablo-Morales, 27, possibly on Floyd Boulevard, when he allegedly strangled her, the release said. 

Sgt. Mike Manthorne said it appeared that Morales was driven to the Iowa Street location, which was not her own house, and that Pablo-Morales was at the scene when police arrived. 

Morales was taken to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's, where she was pronounced dead. 

Investigators charged Pablo-Morales with second-degree murder as a result of her death, the release said. 

Pablo-Morales and Morales were married but had recently separated. 

Officials will perform an autopsy of Morales. 

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