GASTONIA, N.C. — The man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend made his first court appearance on Wednesday morning.
Charles Combs previously served 12 years for killing another girlfriend.
Channel 9 reporter Ken Lemon was in the courtroom and said it was an emotional time for both victims’ families.
The family of LaPorscha Baldwin said it has been an extremely jarring time. They were not in court on Wednesday but Almetra Jones Schofeild was. She is a cousin of Marsheida Dorsey, who was killed by Combs in 2004.
She said it was a disturbing sense of deja vu as she watched Combs step before a judge again.
“He’s a monster,” she said. “Like, he really just like killed two women because they wanted to leave. That’s not right.”
Combs has been charged with murder in Baldwin’s slaying. Investigators said it appears she was killed in Charlotte and her body was found in Fairfield County, South Carolina weeks after she broke up with Combs.
Dorsey was murdered in 2004 and Combs reportedly told her the only way out of their relationship was by death. Her family said they tried to keep him in prison, but he was released in 2016.
“It really brought some emotions out today,” Jones Schofield said. “It really made me angry to see him come out. He don’t deserve a court-appointed lawyer. He don’t deserve anything. He needs to rot in hell.”
Combs will have a bond hearing in two weeks.
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