BRISTOL - A city man accused of slitting his girlfriendâ€™s throat with a large filet knife is fighting the charges against him.
Kevin Bard, 56, made the formal decision on Tuesday, in New Britain Superior Court, to go to trial on charges of murder, first-degree criminal trespassing, violation of a standing criminal protective order and three counts of violation of a protective order.
The 56-year-oldâ€™s decision does not preclude his attorney and prosecutors from coming to terms on a plea bargain before a trial could start. When a possible trial would commence is unclear, as a start date has not been scheduled.
According to judicial records, Bard has appeared in court 15 times in connection with the case. He has been held on $1 million bond since his arrest on Dec. 13, 2020.Â
Police arrested Bard after he allegedly slit his girlfriendâ€™s throat with a large filet knife before calling multiple people, including her sister, to say he had killed her and was waiting for police to arrive, according to the police report. He told officers that the woman â€śdeserved it, she doesnâ€™t know how to shut her mouth, you all know that,â€ť the report said.
The report says Bard and the victim had been issued three protective orders each prohibiting contact between the two at the time of the killing.
According to the report, officers around 9:25 p.m. received a call from a Massachusetts resident who said Bard had called him to say he â€śslicedâ€ť his girlfriendâ€™s throat. The relationship between the caller and Bard is not made clear in the report.
Shortly thereafter, police received another call, this one from the victimâ€™s sister, who said she also received a call from Bard. The woman told police he called to inform her he had cut her sisterâ€™s throat and was waiting for police.
Responding officers saw Bard through the apartmentâ€™s glass storm door sitting alone on the couch, speaking on the phone. He told the caller â€śtheyâ€™re at the door, theyâ€™re comingâ€ť and â€śI wanted to let you know,â€ť police wrote in the report. He indicated he was on the phone with a family member.
According to police, Bard called four to five people after the killing, which included family members of his and the victimâ€™s and one of his friends. Police said he did not appear to be overly upset or remorseful. He also appeared intoxicated, according to police.
Police said Bard reluctantly complied when he was ordered at gunpoint out of the residence. Officers checked the apartment for the victim and called out her name, to which Bard replied â€śsheâ€™s dead, sheâ€™s [expletive] dead,â€ť according to the report. He was taken into custody without a struggle.
Police then found the victim lying flat on a bed, with her legs hanging off. An officer wrote in the report she had a â€ślarge obvious wound to her neck.â€ť
A large filet knife was found near the body.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or email@example.com.