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'I'm a monster:' Man charged with murder after domestic incident

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Posted at 12:22 PM, Sep 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-20 08:16:59-04

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — A 22-year-old man faces charges of second-degree murder after an argument that turned deadly.

Charlotte County investigators were called to a home on Bermont Road on Sept. 16 by Nicholas Fontanez, who had called 911 to say that he had hurt a woman during an argument.

The victim, a 20-year-old woman, was found dead at the home. Fontanez reportedly told investigators that he pushed the woman, whom he referred to as his fiance, into a cabinet "harder than expected."

He called himself "a monster" after the incident.

Fontanez was arrested and taken to the Charlotte County Jail. He was initially charged with aggravated assault; however on Tuesday, officials confirmed his charges were upgraded to murder.

Autopsy results are pending.