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Providence homicide suspect held without bail

January 16, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man charged with killing his estranged girlfriend has been held without bail.

Luis Matta was held Wednesday after appearing in court on charges of murder and violating a protective order.

Police say the 34-year-old Matta stabbed 33-year-old Rachael Rene on Tuesday morning in her Providence home then went to police headquarters to turn himself in.

The couple had an 8-month-old child who was in the apartment at the time but was unharmed. The baby is now in the custody of state child welfare officials.

Police say they had a strained relationship and Rene had taken out a restraining order against Matta.

The death was the city’s second homicide of the year.

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This story has been corrected to show that the suspect’s name is ‘Luis Matta’ not ‘Louis Motta.’

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