Ansonia police charge ex with woman’s murder


 

ANSONIA — Police have charged Rosali Acquefreda’s ex with her murder.

Andre LeFrancois, 22, of Ansonia, has been charged with murder and risk of injury to a child in the death of Acquefreda, 20. The two have a 3-year-old son, Eli, together.


The child is with Acquefreda’s family.

LeFrancois was taken into custody without incident at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday outside his Root Avenue home. He is being detained on $750,000 bond pending an appearance in Milford Superior Court Thursday.

Lt. Patrick Lynch and Police Chief Andrew Cota III announced the arrest during a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday press conference in Veteran's Park next to City Hall

“Justice is served,” said Joseph Acquefreda Jr., Rosali’s father. “My daughter is finally at peace.”

He thanked the law enforcement personnel who played a role in bringing the case to a quick arrest.

“My daughter had a toxic relationship with this gentleman ever since she was 14,” he said. “She was in fear of this man, and it’s sad to say that because he was the child’s father.”


Christian Federici, Rosali’s boyfriend, urged anyone involved in a abusive or physical violent relationship to come forward and seek help.

“This could have been avoided,” he said. “I tried my hardest. I was there all the time. She was so scared of this man.”

Acquefreda’s murder is the second involving domestic violence in the past year. Last December, police found the body of Christine Holloway beaten to death in her Myrtle Avenue home.

Jose Morales of New Haven has been charged him with her killing. He has pleaded not guilty and his case is pending in Milford Superior Court.

The couple’s child, Vanessa Morales, is still missing and the subject of a nationwide search.

LeFrancois’ arrest comes just days after Acquefreda’s bleeding body was found on North Coe Lane shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday. She was pronounced dead at Griffin Hospital.

"I applaud the work of the Ansonia Police department for making an apprehension so quickly and bringing some closure to Rosali's family," Mayor David Cassetti said.

Following an autopsy Monday, the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide caused by multiple stab wounds.

During a police press conference Monday afternoon, several family members said they believed that LeFrancois had killed Acquefreda, describing him as controlling, abusive and angry that Aquefreda had a new boyfriend.

“She lived in fear (of LeFrancois),” said Rosali’s father. “She had her run-ins with (LeFrancois) ... he was very aggressive.”

Rosali and LeFrancois were involved in a legal battle over custody of Eli. A hearing was scheduled for Thursday in Milford Superior court.

“My daughter, my grandson and myself were preparing to move to a new home in Shelton this week,” Joseph Acquefreda said Monday. “The baby’s father did not want to see this happen."

While details of the homicide were not immediately available, John Izzo, a former Ansonia Board of Education member, said he was on his way to visit friends in Derby Sunday when he saw people standing around what appeared to be a badly injured woman near Coe and North Coe Lane.

"I got out of my car and asked them to help me move the body to level ground so I could start CPR," he said. "There was no pulse. I looked down at this young girl and could only think she was someone's daughter, sister or niece. I tried, believe me I tried so hard, to get a heart beat but I just couldn't."

After being told an arrest was made, Izzo said he "was so glad. My heart goes out to the family and my hat goes off to the police."

A GoFundMe site has been created to help the family pay for funeral and burial expenses. So far, 211 people have donated $9,599.

Lynch said help in the Valley is available through the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence which can be reached at 203-736-9944 or 1-888-774-2900. Statewide domestic violence assistance can be found at www.CTSafeConnect.org or calling 1-888-774-2900.

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