DA: South Boston man killed woman who'd broken off their relationship because he beat her

Martin Jiminez, 43, was ordered held without bail today at his arraignment on charges he killed Melissa Hardy, 33, in his apartment late Sunday or early Monday, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which says that after he killed her, he padlocked her body in his bedroom and took off on a drunken bender in a car belonging to a member of her family that ended when he was stopped and arrested for operating under the influence in Concord.

Prosecutors said Jiminez was so out of it that police immediately brought him to a local hospital for mental-health and substance-abuse evaluations. While there, the DA's office says, he told two fellow patients he had killed his former girlfriend, with whom he'd had an on-and-off relationship for several years, before she left him a few weeks ago to live with her family in Weymouth after he attacked her physically.

Those patients in turn relayed that information to law enforcement. Boston Police conducted a well-being check at Jiminez’ apartment late yesterday and discovered her remains inside Jiminez’ bedroom, which had been padlocked from the outside. Her remains showed signs of physical trauma, and Jiminez was arrested as he attempted to leave the hospital yesterday.

Prosecutors say Hardy had returned to Jimenez's apartment at 752 E. 4 St. Sunday night to pick up some of her belongings. State Rep. Marty Walsh said today the address is an unsupervised "sober house" for recovering drug addicts.

After police found Hardy's body they arrested Jiminez as he tried to leave the hospital.

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    Remember this

    The next time "why don't battered women just leave their abusers" crosses the brain.

    This is a big reason why they don't.

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    It bothers me the ignorance some hav to domestic abuse ...
    To think it is really as easy as to walk away is so easly said but until I r in this situation
    I will Neva understand all aspects ( maniopalation is such a big roll fear of leavin will bring harm to others is another and just the feelin no one will love them as this person has
    Please unles u hav been in the shoes of an abuses woman don't
    Just assume and go w the well if they left it wouldn't of happened cuz 9 times out of 10 this is wat was goin on
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    It bothers me the ignorance some hav to domestic abuse ...
    To think it is really as easy as to walk away is so easly said but until I r in this situation
    I will Neva understand all aspects ( maniopalation is such a big roll fear of leavin will bring harm to others is another and just the feelin no one will love them as this person has
    Please unles u hav been in the shoes of an abuses woman don't
    Just assume and go w the well if they left it wouldn't of happened cuz 9 times out of 10 this is wat was goin on
    And brought it to this finale horribal fatal fight

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