A man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Windsor Locks, in which the victim was stuffed into a storage bin, will be convicted in December – Hartford Courant | CarTailz

A man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the stabbing death of his then-girlfriend’s father is due to be sentenced Dec. 5, according to the Hartford Superior Court’s office.

Quahzier Bouie, 27, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter with intent to cause injury and tampering with physical evidence in October. According to Hearst Connecticut Media, his pleading was made under the Alford Doctrine, meaning he did not admit to the crime but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him. His case continued through December for sentencing, the clerk’s office said.

Bouie was charged in connection with the death of his then-girlfriend’s father, Michael Keene, 51, in November 2018. Keene was found by relatives in a storage bin behind the couch at his mother’s Windsor Locks flat on November 27, 2018.

Investigators said Keene was probably stabbed on November 13, 2018 and his body decomposed in the storage tank, according to a warrant for Bouie’s arrest. Keene had only been reported missing on November 22, 2018, when the family first met with police.

Keene was found with five stab wounds to the neck, three stab wounds to the back and one to the chin. His manner of death was ruled homicide by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, the warrant said.

Bouie’s attorney, district assistant public defender Claud Chong, was unavailable for comment. Despite repeated requests, prosecutor Jesse Giddings could not be reached for comment.

A search of Bouie’s search history in his email contained the phrases “What is the usual sentence for first-degree murder if convicted”, “Life-size garbage bags”, “What is the ATM withdrawal limit for the Windsor Locks Federal Credit Union.” ‘ and ‘What to do if your phone is confiscated by the police,’ read the warrant’s affidavit.

Questioned by police on November 28, 2018, Bouie told investigators he had been living in the condo with his then-girlfriend and their 3-year-old son for about three months.

Bouie told investigators that for the most part, he and Michael Keene got along well. Bouie claimed to police that Michael Keene sometimes becomes aggressive and “angry” when he drinks alcohol and verbally abuses his daughters, the affidavit said.

Investigators found text messages from Bouie to the then-girlfriend, which said: “I’m just saying he’s disrespectful and racist and he pushes buttons until someone comes up to him, then he has someone else [expletive] to[expletiveabout”TherearefurthertextmessagesfromBouiewhoisBlacktothegirlfriend’smotherthatclaimsMichaelKeenecalledBouiearacialslurthewarrantaffidavitsaid[expletiveüber”EsgibtweitereTextnachrichtenvonBouiedieschwarzistandieMutterderFreundindiebehauptetMichaelKeenehabeBouiealsrassistischeBeleidigungbezeichnetheißtesindereidesstattlichenErklärung[expletiveabout”TherearefurthertextmessagesfromBouiewhoisBlacktothegirlfriend’smotherthatclaimsMichaelKeenecalledBouiearacialslurthewarrantaffidavitsaid

Bouie allegedly bought cleaning supplies and air fresheners using debit and credit cards from Michael Keene’s relatives after the murder, the affidavit said. These cleaning supplies were then found under the couch near Keene’s body.

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Bouie told police Michael Keene sometimes gave the couple a relative’s credit card, but it was only used to get things for Michael Keene and it was never a large sum. The investigator said he withdrew more than $1,800 from the relative’s account following Michael Keene’s disappearance, the affidavit said. Those withdrawals were caught on video, the document said.

Other purchases listed in the warrant show that Michael Keene’s relatives’ debit card was used to purchase airline tickets and car repairs after his disappearance.

Bouie initially pleaded not guilty to charges of aiding and abetting murder, conspiracy to murder and tampering with physical evidence in October 2019. After his arrest, he was being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

Under state law, a person in Connecticut can be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for manslaughter. A charge of tampering with evidence is punishable by up to five years in prison under state law.

Jessica Keene, Michael Keene’s daughter and Bouie’s girlfriend at the time, was also arrested on November 30, 2018 and charged with murder following the death of her father. After her arrest, she was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Her attorney, Attorney Brian J. Woolf, claimed that she was innocent and had nothing to do with her father’s murder.

Woolf said he had discussions with prosecutors about the case, which is at the pre-trial stage. Her next court date is scheduled for November 22 in the Hartford Judicial District.

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