A Missoula man who in 1990 was convicted of mitigated deliberate homicide for fatally stabbing his wife faces new charges for allegedly threatening to stab his girlfriend and her 25-year-old son early Saturday morning.
Frank Belmarez, 48, is charged with two counts of assault with a weapon.
Belmarez has been out of prison since 2011, and had been dating the victim for two years prior to the most recent assault.
According to charging documents, he came home to a residence on the 2100 block of Kensington Avenue early Saturday. He was reportedly intoxicated and wanted to continue drinking with his girlfriend, who was asleep in a bedroom.
When she refused his reportedly drunken request, Belmarez allegedly became angry and pulled out his folding knife.
"I'm going to stick you, then gut your son," he allegedly said to her.
The woman believed his threat and fled to the living room, where her son was sitting.
The son didn't notice a knife in the defendant's hand, so he attempted to separate the two. When he did so, Belmarez apparently swung a knife toward the other man.
The alleged victim dodged the assault as Belmarez followed through with the swing, puncturing the door behind the 25-year-old.
"John Doe stated had he not stepped backwards, (Belmarez) would have stabbed him with the knife," the court documents stated.
During his initial appearance Monday in Justice Court, defense attorney Reed Mandelko asked for a $30,000 bail, while Deputy County Attorney Selene Koepke asked Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech to impose a $200,000 bail - $100,000 for each victim.
"In this case, your honor, the defendant threatened to kill both victims and the county attorney believes that this is a grave community safety risk," Koepke said. "If he should be released, we would ask that he have no contact with the victims."
Orzech ordered a $200,000 bail and remanded Belmarez to the Missoula County jail.