Few details have emerged about the slaying of a hairdresser from Danbury other than that it was brutal. On Tuesday, the man accused of killing Laura Mancini is being held on $3 million bond.
When Mancini failed to show up at work at Adam Broderick Salon and Spa in Ridgefield on March 3, he co-workers were concerned, so they called police.
The officers who went to check on her found Mancini's apartment ajar. Inside, there was a brutal crime scene. The 54-year-old had been stabbed in the neck a dozen times, the News Times reports, and the charges indicate that there was sexual assault.
On Monday, police arrested Mancini’s neighbor, Christopher Pouncie, 39, at his home on Smith Street. On Tuesday, he faced a judge during a brief hearing and is asking to be separated in the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution from Mancini's incarcerated boyfriend.
The list of charges against Pouncie is long and includes capital felony murder, felony murder, murder, aggravated first-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual assault, home invasion, first-degree burglary and second-degree larceny, police tell the News-Times.
Police would not reveal any information about a motive and said they are trying to figure out if Mancini knew Pouncie.
The search warrant reveals few details about the investigation in the days following the discovery of Mancini's body, but police said Pouncie stole Mancini's wallet and her 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser, which was found on Interstate 84 shortly after the discovery of Mancini's body. Pouncie also made calls from Mancini's home phone and cell phone, which might have led to his arrest, including his employer.