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First appearance of Cape Coral stabbing suspect
First appearance of Cape Coral stabbing suspect: Porfirio Rivera, 50, was denied bond after asking for a pre-trial release to go back to work. He's currently been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of his wife, Anna Rivera.
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Lee county Sheriff's Office mug of Porfirio Rivera

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He had a job to do.

At least that’s the reasoning a Cape Coral man gave for wanting out of jail after being charged with second-degree murder. Porfirio Rivera, 50, is accused of stabbing his wife to death over the weekend.

Rivera is a machine operator at Cemex Industries and a 25-year Lee County resident. He’d just invoked his right to remain silent when he asked to say something over the TV screen from the jail.

“I been doing my job for like 23 years,” Rivera said at his first appearance Thursday morning. “If I’m not released I’m going to end up losing my job.”

The judge revoked his pretrial release. Rivera was already on pretrial supervision for a previous case of aggravated assault against his wife, Anna Rivera. Also taken into consideration were three previous charges of battery in 2006, 2002 and 1997 that were not formerly pursued. He also was arrested in 1990 for purchase of cocaine.

“Proof is evident, presumption great. ... Mr. Rivera is not only a danger to the community but has shown to be a danger to himself,” said the prosecutor with the state attorney’s office who asked he be held without bond. Rivera’s lawyer has the option of bringing a bond hearing if he chooses.

Police said he left a message on the phone of one of his wife’s friends Sunday explaining he had killed his wife, planned to kill himself and that police should be called to the home.

Officers arrived to find Anna Rivera lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen and her husband suffering from apparently self-inflicted stab wounds. He was hospitalized until Wednesday, when police say he confessed before being booked into the Lee County Jail. He’s expected back in court Feb. 18.

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