A Waterbury woman is facing manslaughter charges and not murder charges after she is accused of fatally stabbing her husband.
Anila Keco, 34, was originally charged with first-degree assault after police said she stabbed 43-year-old Valmir Keco in the torso. However, Anila Keco was charged with first-degree manslaughter on Wednesday.
Eyewitness Ezekiel Alicea said she heard a horrific cry while getting dressed at his apartment located at 1295 East Main St. around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
"I hear, 'oh my God, oh my God,'" Alicea said.
Alicea said he waited in the apartment.
"I saw her husband laying down on the floor with a stab wound in his stomach. I was like, 'oh my God,'" Alicea said.
Alicea said he knew Valmir Keco struggled with alcohol for years and because the couple had two daughters, Anila Keco banned alcohol from the house.
"He liked to threaten people when he was drinking heavily. He would threaten people," Alicea said.
According to court documents, Anila Keco said they were supposed to go Christmas shopping, but Valmir Keco was drunk. Court documents stated they fought, he walked toward her and that's when she went into defense mode.
"She's been beaten up, he hasn't worked in five years. He is, I would say, an alcoholic," Keco's Attorney Martin Minnella said.
Alicea said he saw the bloody weapon, which was a kitchen knife.
"He was pale, he was white. He was breathing, but just a little bit," Alicea said.
During her interview with police, court documents would show Anila Keco repeatedly ask if Valmir Keco was OK.
Valmir Keco was rushed to St. Mary's Hospital where police said he died at 3 p.m.
Minnella said the fatal stabbing was self-defense.
"He had threatened and beaten her in the past, she was defending herself, she retreated," Minnella said.
The couple’s two children, 7-year-old and 10-year-old, were not home at the time of the stabbing. They were turned over to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.
The fatal stabbing remains under investigation by the Waterbury Police Department detectives and the States Attorney’s office.
Eyewitness News did not find any prior convictions for either of the Kecos and an autopsy will determine if Valmir Kesco had any alcohol in his system on Tuesday.
The arraignment was held at Waterbury Superior Court on Wednesday. Court officials had to wait for Albanian interpreter to arrive at the courthouse to start the proceedings.
Following her court appearance, Anila Keco was released on bond on Wednesday. Her family was in court to support her.
"I need to bring home the mother and the kids so they can be happy, because it's Christmas," suspect's relative Angel Cekolli said.
Anila Keco did not speak to the media after her court appearance.
Anila Keco will be back in court early next year. Minnella said he is confident she'll be cleared.
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