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Dominican Republic national accused of stabbing ex to death dragged out of NYC court as it’s revealed he was deported in 2002

A Dominic Republican national accused of fatally knifing his ex-girlfriend was dragged out of a Manhattan court Tuesday as prosecutors revealed gory new particulars of the case – and stated the suspect was beforehand deported in 2002.

Candido Rodriguez, 51, had to be restrained after claiming he was harmless in the homicide of sufferer Melanie Woods, his 33-year-old on-again, off-again lover who prosecutors stated he viciously stabbed to death earlier than ditching her physique in the tub of her East Harlem residence final month.

“I promise I didn’t do anything to her,” he yelled by way of tears at 9 relations of Woods who had been sitting in the courtroom.

Melanie Woods
Victim Melanie Woods dumped Candido Rodriguez, 51, just a few weeks earlier than the 33-year-old girl was killed and her physique was subsequently discovered in her bathtub inside her East Harlem residence. GoFundMe

“I loved her, I didn’t do anything to her.”

As the allegations in opposition to Rodriguez had been learn, he additionally yelled out in Spanish “that’s a lie, that’s a lie.”

Rodriguez, who has a legal historical past, allegedly stabbed the 33-year-old Columbia University grad in her torso and neck 19 instances – so ferociously that her abdomen suffered 6-inch deep wounds, Assistant District Attorney Marcella Lupski stated.

Rodriguez and Woods, who labored for town’s Health and Hospitals, had dated since about early 2023 earlier than the breakup, she stated.

She dumped him two weeks earlier than he killed her, prosecutors stated.

The morning of the homicide, Rodriguez went to Woods’ house whereas she was strolling her canine shortly after 7 a.m.

When she returned, neighbors in the constructing heard “crashes and screams” for no less than half-hour, Lupski stated.

Mugshot of Candido Rodriguez
“I promise I didn’t do anything to her,” he yelled by way of tears at 9 relations of Woods who had been sitting in the courtroom. Obtained by the NY Post

Then neighbors heard somebody stroll down the steps and go away the constructing, she stated.

Woods was discovered useless 10 hours after a involved buddy requested cops to test on her, in accordance to officers.

But an agitated Rodriguez claimed in court throughout his arraignment he was harmless as he pleaded not responsible to a second-degree homicide cost.

Rodriguez, who was pink in the face, turned so disruptive he had to be forcefully picked up by a number of court officers and brought away in the center of arraignment as he dropped his physique to the ground.

“Mr. Rodriguez became highly, highly agitated, violent, disruptive and would not permit the prosecutor to continue speaking. He was screaming over and over again in Spanish words which I was told ‘I didn’t do it or I’m not guilty,’” stated Judge Ann Scherzer.

The alleged killer beforehand confronted a federal conspiracy to distribute narcotics case between 1999 and 2002 and was faraway from the US in 2002, Lupski stated.

Melanie Woods
Rodriguez, who has a legal historical past, allegedly stabbed the 33-year-old Columbia University grad in her torso and neck 19 instances – so ferociously that her abdomen suffered 6-inch deep wounds, Assistant District Attorney Marcella Lupski stated. Facebook

She stated Rodriguez has used a number of aliases in totally different encounters with authorities in the previous.

His protection lawyer, Jessica Horani, stated she plans on requesting a psychological health examination for her shopper.

“I observed him getting very overwrought and emotional. I don’t believe that he has full control of his faculties at this time,” Horani stated.

“And this has been something that I have noticed since first meeting him at criminal court arraignment and what appears to be a significant decompensation.”

His subsequent court date is July 16.

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