TAMPA — Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich shook his head Tuesday morning.
The man before him, accused of fatally stabbing longtime girlfriend, Danitza Fonseca, 50, with a machete, had threatened her before, according to court records.
"Well, it doesn't matter," he said. "We've got a strong case on him this time."
Heinrich denied bail to Alexander Cote Ferrer, 39, who is charged with second-degree murder in Fonseca's death Sunday.
He stood silently, head tilted slightly to the left throughout his first court appearance.
Two of Fonsecsa's daughters saw their mother brutally slain. The two young women say they had warned their mother for years that the domestic violence could turn fatal.
In January, Ferrer threatened one of them, 18-year-old Jennifer Fonseca, and her mother with a machete and an aluminum baseball bat, Tampa police say.
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