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Thread: Au-pair Karen Bermudez-Rodriguez (26) and her employer, David Kimowitz (40) were stabbed to death after she broke off a relationship with her boyfriend

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    An Elizabeth man accused of stabbing his girlfriend and her employer to death in Maplewood is a flight risk and must be detained, a Superior Court judge in Essex County ruled Wednesday.

    Joseph D. Porter, 27, was charged with two counts of murder in the Aug. 3 deaths of Karen Bermudez-Rodriguez, an au pair, and her employer, David Kimowitz. Porter was arrested after he allegedly tried to flee to Mexico.

    After a detention hearing late Wednesday morning, Judge Nancy Sivilli ruled that Porter must be held without bail, agreeing with an assistant county prosecutor that not only was Porter likely to try to escape, but that there was no way to guarantee witnesses' safety if he was released.

    "In light of all that, I find there are no conditions I can impose, given the facts of the case, to ensure the safety of the witnesses as well as ensure the safety of the community at large," Sivilli said.

    Late Wednesday morning, Porter was escorted into the courtroom in handcuffs, unshaven and wearing a light-blue collared shirt, navy dress pants and black sneakers. Throughout the hearing, he stood stone-faced and did not speak, as an interpreter relayed the proceedings to him.

    Standing to the right of Porter, Assistant Prosecutor Jason Alterbaum argued that if Porter was released, he would once again try to flee and that there was no way to ensure the safety of the community and witnesses.

    "Within a span of less than four hours judge, this defendant killed two people," Alterbaum said. "That should give the court grave concern that this defendant is a danger to the community and there are no conditions that could ensure the safety of that community."

    Porter's attorney, Adrien Moncur, argued that it was Porter's first arrest and that he was a low flight risk. Sivilli pointed out that Porter was arrested trying to board a flight to Cancun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S281Saleen160 View Post
    Not THE worst. I have never killed anyone or raped anyone, never did harm to children or the elderly or animals, so I'm not THE worst.
    Fair point.

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