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Feb 17, 2017

Supreme Court Frees Toledo Man Accused of Murder of Ex-Girlfriend

Alberto Coleman

In late August 2015, Alberto Coleman—then fifty-five years old—was charged for the July third murder of his twenty-nine year old ex-girlfriend, Juana Cowo.  The decomposed body of the young woman was discovered in the bedroom of her apartment at the corner of King and Jose Maria Nunez Streets in Punta Gorda. She had been brutally stabbed to her arms, head and neck.  The arrest of the Hopeville bus operator in the vicious murder of the labor officer shocked the community. But it was known that the couple had been having a tumultuous relationship prior to her disappearance.  During the trial, the evidence brought before the Punta Gorda court was circumstantial so Coleman was freed on Thursday. His attorney Dickie Bradley explains.  


Richard “Dickie” Bradley

Richard “Dickie” Bradley, Attorney for Alberto Coleman

“What transpired is the handing down of a decision in the charge of murder against Alberto Coleman who was charged for murder in early July of 2015…or ’16…time goes so fast. But this is a matter in which the prosecution tried to do their best to repair a very poorly investigated murder. Doctor Ken testified that there were twenty-one stab wounds of which several were defensive wounds, meaning she had been stabbed in the palm of her hands and on various parts of her hands trying to obviously fend off or fight whoever killed her. Alberto Coleman was not immediately charged; he would have been a suspect because he and Juana lived together and they had broken up for a period and part of the evidence was that at some stage, two restraining orders were obtained against him. However, during the course of the trial, we were able to show that the restraining orders which had been a long time before the matter happened and had arisen out of a minor domestic dispute. In any event, the situation with that particular trial is that although there were a lot of witnesses, it was more a question of quantity versus quality.”

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