St. Louis man accused of stalking ex-girlfriend before her death remains in jail

St. Louis man accused of stalking ex-girlfriend before her death remains in jail

St. Louis man accused of stalking ex-girlfriend before her death remains in jail

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 8:19 AM

ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis man accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend before she was killed will remain in jail.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that attorneys for Frederick Howard sought a reduction in his $100,000 cash-only bail, but Judge Bryan Hettenbach on Thursday refused, at least for now. He set another hearing for next week.

Tequila Sandford was shot to death and her new boyfriend was critically hurt in December 2012. Sandford had sought a restraining order against Howard a month before. Authorities say he called her 150 times in the 12 hours before the killing.

Police sought a murder charge, but prosecutors declined pending further investigation. Howard has been jailed for more than a year on stalking charges.

Defense attorney Joel Schwartz blames prosecutors for the delay in going to trial.

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