JANESVILLE

A man accused of murdering a Janesville woman last month was ordered held on a $500,000 cash bond at his initial appearance in Rock County Court on Wednesday.

Julian D Collazo, 21, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing death of Christine Scaccia-Lubeck, 43, in her near-west side home on or about Dec. 8.

The bond amount virtually assures Collazo will not get out of jail as his case progresses. He has qualified for the services of a state public defender.

The bond is among the highest for Janesville crimes in recent history.

It is the same amount set for Barquis D. McKnight, who was charged with homicide in May after the shooting death of Eddie L. Jones, 28, of Markham, Illinois, outside a Janesville home.

Triple murder suspect James C. Koepp was held on a $750,000 cash bond in a 2008 case.

James M. Humphrey of Janesville, who was charged with first-degree reckless homicide after shooting a man from a motorcycle in 2010 in Janesville, was held on a $1 million cash bond.

Scaccia-Lubeck was stabbed 33 times, according to the criminal complaint. Some of those stab wounds appeared to be defensive, Assistant District Attorney Scott Dirks said in court Wednesday.

The criminal complaint suggests Collazo and Scaccia-Lubeck knew each other.

Collazo has lived in Rock County for no more than one year and has a criminal record in Texas, where he has been convicted of evading arrest four times and has been charged with assault on a public servant, burglary, and assault causing bodily injury, Dirks told the court.

Dirks requested the $500,000 bond for those reasons, the seriousness of the charge and strength of the case, he said.

Defense attorney Kelly Mattingly reserved the right to argue bond at a future hearing. The next hearing is set for Wednesday, Jan. 10, by which time the public defender’s office hopes to appoint an attorney for the case, Mattingly said.

Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer agreed with Dirks, saying he wanted to ensure Collazo does not flee, as he apparently has done already.

Collazo was arrested Dec. 9 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in possession of the victim’s car, along with a companion, Nicole R. Kazar, 23, police said.

Kazar was charged in Missouri with first-degree tampering with a vehicle. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Jackson, Missouri, on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Collazo was returned to Rock County last week.

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