Youvens Madeus charged in fatal machete attack of Horacia Simeus in suburban West Palm Beach

Denied bond at court hearing

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A judge denied a suburban West Palm Beach man bond Tuesday in connection with the death of a 27-year-old woman.

Youvens Madeus, 24, faces first degree murder charges after the body of Horacia Simeus was found Monday.

Palm Beach County deputies and crime scene investigators were called to the 1800 block of My Place Lane, near Okeechobee Boulevard and Haverhill Road, at 11:10 a.m., yesterday.

Deputies found Simeus' body at the scene.

Investigators said the couple was involved in a domestic dispute.

According to a police report, Simeus was on the phone with a victim's advocate from the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office. Deputies say she was calling to request a restraining order but the phone went dead.

Deputies said Madeus struck Simeus once with a machete, killing her.

Deputies arrived on scene to find the defendant with bloodied clothes. The victim died at the scene.

Family members say the couple lived in the My Place complex for the past few years.

She worked at a nearby KFC for the last 10 years. The manager says they  were like family. She says when Simeus didn't show up for work Monday morning, they knew something was wrong.

Friends say she was three months pregnant.

"She always wanted a baby and was heartbroken when she lost the last one.  She was excited that she's three months pregnant and gets to have a baby, now this.  My people are pretty upset," said Karen Mattila who worked with the victim.

Madeus was taken into custody by responding deputies.

According to arrest records, Madeus has a criminal history including charges of assault and battery.

"She was a good girl, a good girl. She just needed a chance with the right person. We tried to talk her into getting away from this guy," Mattila said.

The police report says the day the Simeus was killed she had received a subpoena to testify in an open case against Madeus.

In a police interview Madeus admitted he didn't want everyone to know, "what takes place behind closed doors."

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