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ON THE SIDELINES : Ex-Boxer Pleads Innocent in Killing

June 27, 1989|From Times wire services

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina — Former middleweight champion Carlos Monzon testified at the opening of his trial on homicide charges that he did not kill Alicia Muniz, a Uruguayan model and his longtime companion.

Monzon, 47, is charged with simple homicide in the death of Muniz. He has been held in preventive detention since Feb. 14, 1988, the day Muniz was found crumpled below the second-floor balcony of the apartment Monzon was renting. The trial began Monday.

Monzon, the undisputed middleweight champion of the world when he retired in 1977, has admitted he drank alcohol and struck Muniz on the night she died. But he said she slipped from the balcony, and when he tried to grab her, he fell, too.

During pretrial testimony, however, a witness testified that Monzon carried Muniz to the balcony on his shoulder and threw her over.

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