Accused Killer Raul Barrera’s Violent Past With Other Girlfriends


Raul Barrera, accused of slicing up girlfriend Sarah Coit’s face, stabbing her to death, and nearly decapitating her, has a history of domestic violence with at least two other past girlfriends, the Daily News reports, furnishing details this morning.

Barrera, charged with murder in the April 10 slaying, had a weepy reunion with his parents in the Bellevue psych ward, where people are making sure he doesn’t kill himself before standing trial.

Ex-girlfriend Marisol Reyes had been battered by Barrera, her family and friends told the paper. Lowlights from the compelling, repelling story, which is backed up by court records:

A close friend of Reyes said Barrera, who is charged with second-degree murder, kept her a virtual prisoner while she was pregnant with his son. The boy is now 9 and also named Raul.

“He tortured her for three years,” said the friend, who asked not to be identified.

“She would walk around with black eyes and broken ribs,” she said. “He’s not crazy, he’s a bastard.”

The woman said Reyes saw Barrera a couple of months ago when he visited the son they share.

“You got fat,” he told Reyes, according to the friend. “Now I’m seeing this beautiful blond.”

Barrera would have been referring to Coit, whose face he was allegedly trying to ruin before allegedly killing her.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 13, 2011

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