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Homeless Man Dies After Daytona Police Arrest

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Ortiz has been arrested more than 100 times in Volusia County since 1999.

DAYTONA BEACH — Over the years, Alfredo Ortiz either threatened his girlfriends with death or he bragged about getting away with two murders in 1999 and 2001, an arrest report states.

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On Monday, the 54-year-old Ortiz, who didn't have an address listed in a police report, was charged with the 2001 murder of his then-girlfriend Glenna Adams.

Daytona Beach police said Tuesday that Adams, 40 at the time of her death, died after Ortiz "beat her to death over two days."

On Tuesday afternoon, despite the protestation of an assistant state attorney, County Judge Angela Dempsey set bail at $100,000 for Ortiz at his first appearance hearing at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

"At this point he's simply accused," said Assistant Public Defender Matt Phillips. "I think (with) the nature of a second-degree murder allegation, I think that a $100,000 bond is reasonable."

At the time of Adams's death on Nov. 18, 2001, Ortiz called 9-1-1, the arrest report states. And when interviewed by detectives later, the suspect stated that "she died because (of) her own self." 

When an autopsy was done on Adams however, the result was homicide from blunt force trauma to the head and chest, subdural hematoma and pulmonary contusions.

Based on the autopsy, investigators began interviewing anyone who knew Adams. They included Robin Hefty, a man who had dated Adams before she hooked up with Ortiz. Hefty told police that Adams was afraid of Ortiz, the arrest report states.

It's not clear from the arrest report why Ortiz was not charged with second-degree murder at the time. In a sworn statement Adams gave to police on Nov. 8, 2001, after Ortiz slammed a coffee table into her head, she wrote: "He just started beating me. I am in fear of my life. Please don't let him have bond."

The day after Adams' death, Ortiz was arrested and charged with aggravated battery for the Nov. 8, 2001, incident. Court records show Ortiz was convicted of battery after he pleaded no contest and served 180 days in the county jail.

In 2004 police charged him with another felony, this time for beating up then-girlfriend Helen McCurnin, the arrest report states. Ortiz was not prosecuted in that case, court records show. That same year though, Ortiz was convicted of battery on a police officer, court records show.

A slew of misdemeanor arrests followed — Ortiz has been arrested more than 100 times in Volusia County since 1999 — and then last year investigators began reviewing the Adams case. 

Hefty again talked with detectives in August 2015 and told them that Ortiz had bragged about getting away with two murders, the report states. One was Adams' and the other was the second-degree murder of Ortiz's neighbor Roy Lee Cash in October 1999, police said. Ortiz had confessed to killing Cash, a 1999 arrest report states. But the case was never prosecuted, court records show. 

Hefty stated that Ortiz told him, "(I) got away with two murders, a dude and a girl," the arrest report states.  Hefty also told investigators that he had asked Ortiz why he had not gone to prison and that Ortiz replied, "I got it that way," the arrest report states.

Last year, Daytona Beach detectives also interviewed Ortiz's ex-girlfriend McCurnin, who stated that Ortiz one day threatened to kill her like he had killed Glenna, the arrest report states. 

(READ: More on Adams)

Police also interviewed Ortiz's and Adams' roommate from 2001 when Adams died. Steve Schultz told investigators that the morning Ortiz discovered Adams was dead, he told Schultz, "I think I killed her. I think she's dead," the arrest report states. Schultz also said that the cut on Adam's head looked like it had "fresh blood" on it.

According to the arrest report, Adams was found beaten, face up on the bed. There was blood all over the walls of the small Arlington Way apartment, police said.

Last October, detectives talked with Ortiz, whose most recent address was the homeless center at 340 North St. The suspect told two different stories concerning Adams' death, the arrest report states. Ortiz said Adams died because she was ill. Then later in the conversation he said she had been beaten at a gay bar on Main Street, the arrest report states. 

That was debunked in March by the medical examiner's office. Dr. Marie Herrmann re-examined the autopsy report done 15 years prior. Herrmann concluded that Adams' injuries at the time of her death had occurred on two separate occasions. However, her second injury occurred about an hour before she died in bed, the arrest report states.

On Aug. 15, investigators spoke with Dr. Thomas Beaver, the medical examiner who performed Adams's autopsy in 2001. Beaver also said that the injury that caused Adams' death had occurred an hour before.


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