Woman takes witness stand Friday morning at Fief murder trial in Moffat County
Craig — Leroy Fief’s murder trial continued Friday as the prosecution called a woman to the witness stand to describe the events she witnessed in the early hours of Dec. 9.
Leroy Fief, 49, is on trial for the stabbing death of Shane Arredondo, who Leroy Fief suspected was having an affair with his wife, Mary Rose Fief.
Josephine Alexander, who testified Friday with aid from a Cebuano translator, said she knew Fief’s wife and gave her a place to stay the night prior to Arredondo’s death.
Alexander said she woke up the morning of Dec. 9 when Mary Rose Fief entered her bedroom to grab the telephone to call 911 after the stabbing took place.
Alexander then followed Mary Rose Fief outside where Alexander saw Arredondo on the ground and Leroy Fief standing near him in the parking lot between the Elk Head Apartments and Mathers’ Bar. Leroy Fief followed Alexander inside with a knife, waving it in front of his face, she said.
According to the arrest affidavit, Leroy Fief attacked Arredondo after he saw him kiss and hug Fief’s wife.
The arrest affidavit stated that the couple was having marital problems and that Leroy Fief was a “very jealous” man.
A few months earlier, Mary Rose Fief came to Alexander with bruises on her face, Alexander said.
In September 2012, the couple fought about Mary Rose Fief being gone all night after she apparently stayed the night with Alexander after drinking too much at Mathers’ Bar, according to the affidavit.
“Leroy confronted her in front of the house in her vehicle and started yelling at her for being out and not calling,” the affidavit states. “Mary Rose said that Leroy is very jealous, and the altercation resulted in her getting hit by him and receiving a black eye.”
Alexander took photos of those bruises. When the prosecution presented the photos to Alexander, she looked shaken. She was asked to describe Mary Rose Fief’s mood when the photos were taken.
“She was crying,” Alexander said.
The trial continued until 5 p.m. Friday with court reconvening at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Moffat County Courthouse.
Erin Fenner can be reached at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.
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