Angela Moser, 44, was able to dial 911 after being brutally stabbed, but the wounds ultimately proved fatal.
Who inflicted them? Police point the finger at husband Bobby Harris, who was Moser's junior by thirteen years -- and who a former girlfriend accuses of past violent behavior.
The latter woman spoke with KRDO-TV on the condition of anonymity. She told the station that her relationship with Harris, which began several years ago, started out fine. But within six weeks or so, things took a turn for the terrifying. On one occasion, she says, he threw her onto a couch for the sin of getting in his way. On another, he allegedly tried to run her down with his car.
At the time, the woman claims, Harris used meth and marijuana. And while she doesn't know if these substances inspired his bad behavior, or even exacerbated them, she broke off the pairing after six months or so and has been living in fear of encountering him ever since.
If law enforcers are right, she had reason for concern. Early yesterday morning, representatives of the Colorado Springs Police Department received a 911 call from the Park Ridge Apartments complex on Serendipity Circle. Moser was still alive when police arrived, but before long, she succumbed to her injuries.
As for Harris, it didn't take long to find him, since he was also in the apartment. He was promptly arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.
According to the CSPD, Moser's murder is the eighth homicide in Colorado Springs in 2012, compared to six during the same time period last year. The same phenomenon is being seen in Denver, where nine homicides took place during the first three months of 2012 -- one more than happened in the first quarters of 2010 and 2011.
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