Suspect accused of fatally stabbing man, slashing woman's throat in Keys

Victim recognizes intruder's voice, leading detectives to Rory Wilson

By Peter Burke - Managing Editor

Rory Wilson is accused of fatally stabbing Mathew Bonnett and slashing the throat of Paula Belmonte.

STOCK ISLAND, Fla. - A man accused of fatally stabbing another man and slashing the throat of a woman last week in the Florida Keys has been arrested.

Rory Wilson, 49, was arrested early Wednesday on one count of murder and two counts each of armed robbery and robbery while wearing a mask or hood.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office detectives said Wilson and another man barged into a Stock Island home Friday night, holding Paula Belmonte and another man at knifepoint.

Belmonte told detectives she was in bed shortly after 8 p.m. when the men entered her home and Wilson cut her throat with a knife.

Detectives said the intruders left and got into a fight on the stairs with her neighbor, Mathew Bonnett, who was stabbed multiple times. Bonnett, who had apparently come to help, died of his injuries, detectives said.

Belmonte, 53, said she recognized the voice of one of the intruders, leading detectives to Wilson.
Detectives believe the incident was connected to an earlier drug deal in which Belmonte had been involved.

Investigators said more arrests are expected to be forthcoming in connection with the attack.

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