February 21, 2005
Catherine Alexandrowicz’s last words could be heard through the wall of a Scottsdale hotel. "I can’t take this anymore. I can’t take what you do to my body," the 47-year-old Michigan woman reportedly said.
She had known Anthony Kircus only four months and been married to him for a week, but he had beaten her at least a dozen times and tried to strangle her once before.
On Friday, Kircus, 31, is scheduled to be sentenced in Maricopa County Superior Court after pleading guilty to seconddegree murder for the Sept. 7, 2003, death of Alexandrowicz, a mother of five.
Judge Jeffrey Cates has a sentencing range of 13 to 19 years under a plea agreement Kircus signed in October.
Drunkenness and violence were nothing new to Kircus, when he extended the stay on his honeymoon suite for three days and left Alexandrowicz beaten and bloody on the bed. He turned down the thermostat to 50 degrees and hung a "do not disturb" sign before driving to Las Vegas. Police entered the room two days later to find Alexandrowicz dead from strangulation.
A Scottsdale police summary of the crime says Kircus told a friend of the couple that he got so drunk at times he would beat Alexandrowicz and not recall it.
He told the same friend that he and Alexandrowicz got drunk and fell asleep, and he woke to find her purple, cold and not breathing.
An August 2003 Macomb County, Mich., Sheriff ’s Office report describes in her own words a two-hour beating Kircus inflicted upon Alexandrowicz.
"My head was slammed into the floor about six times . . . Anthony tried to strangle me. I could not breath," she wrote.
"The history of domestic violence raises the spectre of premeditated violence," prosecutor John Evans, a deputy Maricopa County attorney, wrote in a sentencing memorandum to Cates. "Unfortunately, Catherine is not here to let us know whether this crime was committed in retaliation for reporting the earlier domestic violence."
Kircus’ attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment.