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MILFORD — Police say a woman died in a suspected ax attack at a local condo complex Tuesday night weeks after court records show she wrote in a court filing that she was scared the man charged in her homicide was going to kill her.
In a Nov. 17 affidavit, Julie Minogue wrote that she had a restraining order against Ewen Dewitt, but he had been sending her hundreds of "harassing" text messages for days.
"I don't feel I should be subjected to this abuse any longer," Minogue wrote in the filing. "I am scared for the safety of my children and I. Ewen has got himself into a lot of trouble with drugs and alcohol, and I'm scared he's going to kill me."
Milford police said Dewitt, 42, of Roxbury, was charged with murder, home invasion, risk of injury to a minor, criminal violation of a protective order and criminal violation of a restraining order. He was also charged with risk of injury to a child and reckless endangerment.
Court records show Minogue, 40, who police said also spells her name as Minogoe, obtained a restraining order against Dewitt just days before she was killed.
During his arraignment on Wednesday, Judge Auden Grogins set Dewitt's bond at $5 million at the request of Assistant State’s Attorney Alanna Paul, who said during the proceeding that the Roxbury man had confessed to the crime since his arrest.
“There’s been more information provided in this case, mainly that the defendant has entered a full admission of this incident,” the prosecutor said.
“Even without that, I would argue that the case against the defendant is very strong. There is surveillance footage. There is a 17-year-old witness to part of this incident. It is a very serious case and I think it warrants a very serious bond.”