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Conn. woman stabbed to death in RI; man charged

March 30, 2011

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MIDDLETOWN, R.I.—A Connecticut man is accused of stabbing a Connecticut woman to death inside a car parked at a motel in Middletown.

Middletown police say 24-year-old Zachary J. Lepelusa of Milford, Conn., is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in District Court in Newport on charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping. He's accused of killing 35-year-old Antoinette Venditti of East Haven, Conn.

Police say they got a 911 call Tuesday that a man was stabbing a woman inside a car in a Residence Inn parking lot.

A detective spotted the car at a beach a short time later. The driver drove off, then fled from his car, when he was caught.

Venditti's body was found in a ditch.

Chief Anthony Pesare (puh-SAHR'-ee) says it's the first homicide in Middletown in a decade.