A Silver Spring man charged with killing the mother of his child pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Tuesday, according to a press statement from the office of the state's attorney for Montgomery County.
Martire Omar Puente Fulcar, 33, of Georgian Way in Silver Spring, stabbed 37-year-old Roccio Morcelo, with whom he has a child, 34 times on Sept. 22, 2012, according to the press statement.
According to charging documents, Fulcar got into an argument with Morcelo at their apartment on Georgian Way, Silver Spring, at around 9 p.m. on Sept. 21. Fulcar left the apartment for several hours, then returned. The two continued arguing, and Fulcar stabbed Morcelo multiple times, then fled, according to police. A neighbor saw someone matching Fulcar's description flee the scene, the charging documents added.
Fulcar called his brother on Sept. 22 and told him that he had killed Morcelo, according to the charging documents.
Fulcar later tried to kill himself by jumping off the ninth floor of a high-rise building in Miami, the press statement added.
Fulcar faces 30 years to life in prison, according to the plea agreement for first-degree murder. He will be sentenced at 2 p.m. on Oct. 7 by Judge Cheryl McCally—who presided over the hearing at which Fulcar pleaded guilty—in Montgomery County's circuit court.
"This plea holds Mr. Fulcar accountable for the brutal slaying of the mother of his child," Ramon Korionoff, public affairs director for the state's attorney's office, said.
"This defendant faces up to life in prison. While he may have tried to take his own life by jumping off a tall building, he will now spend much of his life in prison for having taken the life of another," Korionoff said.