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Ex-Middleweight Champ Stays in Preventive Detention, Court Rules

October 21, 1988

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ Carlos Monzon, the undisputed middleweight boxing champion when he retired in 1977, must remain in jail until trial begins on charges he killed his girlfriend, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The court rejected appeals by Monzon’s attorneys Thursday that he be released pending trial. No trial date has been set.

Preventive detention is common in this South America country, depending on the charge and the preliminary evidence presented by prosecutors. Monzon is charged with homicide.

Monzon’s longtime companion, Alicia Muniz, was found dead Feb. 14 below the balcony of Monzon’s second-floor apartment in Mar del Plata resort, 250 miles south of the capital Buenos Aires.

Monzon admitted he hit Muniz, but said she slipped and fell over the rail while attempting to hit him back.

A provincial court judge charged Monzon, 46, with homicide after witness Crisanto Baez testified that Monzon carried Muniz on his shoulder to the balcony rail, then threw her over.

Monzon won the middleweight title from Italian Nino Benvenuti May 7, 1970, and defended it 14 times.

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