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Man charged in fatal South Bend stabbing

Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 12:28 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Richard Lee Alexander has been arrested and charged in connection with the South Bend stabbing death of 37-year-old Catherine Minix.

Minix' body was found Sunday in the 900 block of Fairview.

Alexander was arrested on an outstanding warrant and is being held at the St. Joseph County Jail.

He is charged with murder, a felony; and invasion of privacy, a class A misdemeanor.

Alexander’s initial hearing and arraignment are scheduled for Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.

Police say the Minix and Alexander had a history of domestic violence issues, and charging documents indicate that a No Contact Order was in place preventing the two interacting. Those documents also allege that after stabbing Minix, Alexander went to his ex-wife’s home and told her he was going to prison. When asked why he said that, Alexander told her “Because I killed the b****".

Bobbi Fein, a friend of Minix, says that two had been dating at one point but were no longer together and Catherine was ready to move on when Richard Alexander allegedly stabbed and killed her.

“Its going to be hard. I’ll miss that loudness that she has, the joking, but like I said in the beginning I’m going to fight her fight and get her justice that she deserves, and I know she’s watching,” Fein says.

When asked if she had a message to Alexander she struggled to hold back.

“I don’t think I can say it on TV. I hope that he can, genuinely, be sorry for what he’s done. It didn’t have to go this far. Not at all, I can’t say what I would really like to say, its just that simple."

16 News Now Reporter Mark Peterson covered the story of ‘The River Park Rapist" back in the 90’s when Richard Alexander was the suspect. He was convicted of twice in a series of sexual assaults in the River Park Neighborhood that took place in the summer of ’96.

At trial, Alexander was identified by one victim who never saw his face, but by the sound of his voice.

In 2001, DNA testing proved conclusively that someone else was responsible for the crimes and Alexander was released from prison.

Court records show that Alexander was charged three separate times this year with violating a protective order in February, April, and May.

Minix was found dead on Sunday on Fairview Avenue in South Bend.
Minix was found dead on Sunday on Fairview Avenue in South Bend.(Bobbi Fein)

From the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office:

St. Joseph County –Today the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office charged Richard Lee Alexander, 53, in connection with the September 13, 2020, stabbing death of Catherine Minix. Ms. Minix' body was found in the 900 block of Fairview, South Bend. He is charged with Murder, a Felony, and Invasion of Privacy, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Probable cause was found and an arrest warrant issued. Defendant was ordered held without bond. He was arrested on September 14, 2020, on an outstanding warrant and remains in the custody of the St. Joseph County Jail.

His initial hearing and arraignment are scheduled for tomorrow, September 18th, at 1:00 p.m.

Please see attached Criminal Information and Supplemental Affidavit in Support of Probable Cause.

The sentencing range for Murder is 45 to 65 years. The sentencing range for a Class A Misdemeanor is up to 1 year.

Please be advised that the charges filed against this defendant are merely accusations and that he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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