PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in Portsmouth last week faced charges in court Monday.
Raymond Ramsey, 50, was arraigned on charges of domestic murder and violating a no contact order for the stabbing death of 42-year-old Yolanda Mcardle.
A rookie Portsmouth police officer responding to a noise complaint last Tuesday found Mcardle’s body inside her apartment on Almeida Terrace.
“The officer arrived on the scene and the defendant Raymond Ramsey opened the door,” Portsmouth Police Det. John Cahoon said in court. “The officer observed Ramsey to be covered in blood. He also observed a female party, the victim – Yolanda Mcardle – lying on the bed inside the apartment. The female victim had been stabbed multiple times and was apparently deceased. There was a knife on the floor in the vicinity of victim and the defendant. Ramsey was held at gunpoint until additional officers arrived on scene.”
Court records show Ramsey was released on bail in June after he was arrested and charged for the third time with domestic assault. A no contact order was issued, which was still in effect at the time of the murder.
According to Mcardle’s obituary, she was a wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family and friends will celebrate her life at a funeral Tuesday evening.
Ramsey is being held without bail. He is due back in court later this month.