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Tacoma man pleads guilty to fatally stabbing girlfriend

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Dec. 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
December 16, 2011 3:50 pm

A Tacoma man pleaded guilty this afternoon to stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death while their daughter held a slumber party in the next room.

Alphonso Albert Bell faces 38 years in prison when sentenced Feb. 3 in the death of Georgia Gunzer, 33.

Pierce County prosecutors contended Bell, 36, stabbed Gunzer as many as 30 times during the early-morning hours of Jan. 22.

The attack took place in the bedroom of an apartment Gunzer shared with her and Bell’s daughter. The girl and some friends were asleep in the living room at the time, court documents show.

Police were notified of the attack by Bell, who called 911 to say he’d “hurt his girlfriend real bad,” the records show.

Gunzer has petitioned for a protection order against Bell three months before her death. She wrote he’d threatened her and “put his hands on me numerous times,” court records show.

Court Commissioner Mark Gelman denied the protection order after reading a letter from a state Department of Corrections employee that said Gunzer had been to visit Bell at least six times while he was jailed in Kitsap County.

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