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No bail for suspect in stabbing; Alleged victim suffered wounds to neck, back.

Byline: Gary V. Murray

WORCESTER - A Worcester man who allegedly stabbed a woman in the neck and back was ordered held without bail after a dangerousness hearing yesterday in Worcester Superior Court.

Marcos A. Soto, 39, of 24 Ball St., Apt. 2, is awaiting trial on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery arising from the Dec. 16 stabbing and an alleged assault on another woman.

The stabbing victim, 27-year-old Jamie Gervais, told police she was staying with her friend, Lisa Marek, at 24 Ball St. on the night of Dec. 16 when Ms. Marek's boyfriend, Mr. Soto, left the apartment with two other men to get pizza. According to Ms. Gervais' account, Mr. Soto later called the apartment complaining that his companions had abandoned him and he had to walk home.

Witnesses told police Mr. Soto was angry and appeared intoxicated when he returned home shortly before 11 p.m. and that he began arguing with Ms. Gervais. They said Mr. Soto went into the kitchen of the apartment and returned with a knife.

He allegedly continued arguing with Ms. Gervais before jumping up and kicking her in the stomach as she sat in a chair, according to police reports. When Ms. Gervais stood up, Mr. Soto allegedly punched her, knocking her onto a sofa. Witnesses said he then stabbed her in the neck and back.

Mr. Soto allegedly pushed Ms. Marek's daughter, Angela, to the floor when she tried to call the police.

Police were told Ms. Gervais and Angela Marek left the apartment and went to a neighbor's apartment upstairs to call for help.

Ms. Gervais was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus, where emergency surgery was performed on the wound to her neck, according to police accounts.

Mr. Soto was arrested by police officers after he was found in a rear stairway in the apartment building.

Assistant District Attorney Harold E. Johnson filed a petition asking that Mr. Soto be held without bail and charging that no conditions of his release from custody would ensure the safety of the public. Judge Kathe M. Tuttman held a hearing on the request yesterday.

In support of his request, the prosecutor said Mr. Soto had a long criminal record that included crimes of violence, an escape and a 1990 manslaughter conviction in Connecticut. In the Connecticut case, Mr. Soto told police he stabbed a man in the neck with a broken bottle after the man made sexual advances toward him, according to court records.

Mr. Soto's appointed lawyer, Joseph M. Shields, asked Judge Tuttman to reduce his client's bail from $25,000 cash to $2,000 cash and to place Mr. Soto under electronic monitoring in the event he made bail.

The judge found that Mr. Soto, whom she described as "clearly volatile," posed a danger to the community if released from custody under any terms while awaiting trial. She ordered him held without bail for up to 90 days.

Judge Tuttman said the evidence before her suggested the Dec. 16 stabbing resulted from "virtually nonexistent" provocation.

After allowing Mr. Shields' motions for funds to hire a forensic psychiatrist and a private investigator, the judge continued Mr. Soto's case to April 30 and scheduled a July 15 trial.
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Date:Mar 26, 2008
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