MA: Prosecutor: Blood ties ex-beau to stripper’s death

Antonio Ferreira arrives at Malden District Court this morning.

Antonio Ferreira arrives at Malden District Court this morning.

By Laurel J. Sweet
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 – Updated 4h ago

Prosecutors revealed today they found a spot of slain exotic dancer Sheila Dos Santos’ blood on a sneaker belonging to the spurned ex-boyfriend accused of slashing her to death on the doorstep of her Everett apartment building.

Dos Santos, 26, the stripper known as “Kelly” at Club Alex’s in Stoughton, was found dead face down in a pool of her blood just before 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 2, her back torn apart by “large gapping (sic) slashes,” according to a police report.

Authorities said she was stabbed 33 times as a neighbor apparently heard her screaming “Get off of me!” and “Get away from me!”

The alleged Brazilian butcher, Antonio Marcos Ferreira, 38, of Somerville, who did not show his face at his arraignment this morning on a charge of first-degree murder, was ordered held without bail by Judge Matthew J. Nestor.

Nestor also impounded the case file.

Investigators believe the carpenter had been stalking the stripper for nearly a year after she broke off their relationship.

Assistant Middlesex District Attorney Adrienne Lynch told Nestor surveillance cameras located on Sweetser Circle in Everett picked up a silver Nissan Murano – similar to the 2005 silver Murano Ferreira drives – heading toward Main Street at 1:38 a.m., just four minutes before a Honda CRV, believed to be Dos Santos coming home from work, took the same route.

Another surveillance camera on Tileston Street, near where Dos Santos lie mortally wounded and a witness saw a man running away, recorded a silver Nissan Murano leaving the area at 1:44 a.m., Lynch said.

In addition, prosecutors allege Ferreira called Dos Santos on his cell phone nearly a dozen times the day before her death – sometimes just minutes apart.

But defense attorney John Hayes, who described Ferreira as “traumatized” by Dos Santos’ murder, said police have “the wrong guy.”

“Her employment does lead to meeting a lot of dangerous people,” Hayes told reporters. “These things happen. There’s a very strong possibility that someone followed her home.”

Hayes quickly dismissed Dos Santos’ alleged blood on his client’s sneaker.

“They had a long relationship,” he said. “It’s not surprising that her blood might show up on his clothing someplace.”

See original at Boston Herald

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