, 2022-05-09 12:47:20,
SOUTH BEND — In September 2020, Catherine Minix was found lying dead in the grass near her house on East Victoria Street, stabbed in the neck.
In the months before her murder, prosecutors filed multiple domestic violence charges against Minix’s eboyfriend, Richard Alexander, saying he battered her and violated no-contact orders.
Citing Alexander’s criminal history, surveillance footage and comments he allegedly made to his sister, prosecutors also believe he killed the 37-year-old and will attempt to prove their case in a murder trial beginning this week.
The murder was the subject of a past Tribune investigation into the actions of prosecutors, police and judges connected to Minix’s domestic violence saga. In the months after her death, the prosecutor’s office invited the YWCA of North Central Indiana to review the circumstances of the case and offer feedback on whether best practices were followed.
When asked Monday what changes the YWCA’s review of the case yielded, a prosecutor’s office spokesman said the office has “strengthened our working relationships with the YWCA and the Family Justice Center to ensure that relevant information flows freely between our offices,”
‘Yelling for help’
Around 3 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 13, 2020, South Bend police were called to the 900 block of East Victoria Street when a 911 caller said they heard someone yelling for help in a nearby alley. Responding officers searched the alley, but didn’t find anything or hear any yelling.
Later that morning around 5:20 a.m., officers were again called out on a “welfare check” to find Minix lying in the lawn, court documents say.
A trail of blood led from behind Minix’s next-door neighbor’s garage to her body. An autopsy later found she died of a…
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