Hollywood man accused of killing wife with metal pipe denied bond

A Hollywood man who is accused of beating his wife to death with a metal pipe appeared Friday in court, where he was denied bond.

Claude Sejour, 48, was arrested Wednesday night on a premeditated murder charge.

Police said he beat his wife, Marie Carmel Joseph, with a pipe wrench while the couple’s four children were inside their home.

According to an arrest report, Sejour became enraged after he learned that his wife was pregnant with another man’s child.

They got into an argument and Sejour told police that Joseph grabbed a knife and lunged at him, the report said.

He said he then took the pipe wrench and struck her with it.

When officers arrived, Sejour told them, “I did it. I finished her and called the police,” the report said.

The couple’s 17-year-old daughter tried to revive her mother as she laid lifeless in a bedroom. Police said Joseph had severe trauma to her face and head.

Neighbors were stunned by the news, saying they’d never even heard the couple argue. 

“I’m shocked that he would do something like that to his wife,” one neighbor, Henry Oquendo, said.

The couple’s children were handed over to relatives. A shelter hearing has been scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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$25,000 reward offered after cat found with arrow in head

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot an arrow from a crossbow to kill a beloved Miami Beach cat.

According to the Facebook page “Justice for Strushie,” the former owner of the Franklin Hotel is offering a $20,000 reward. The additional $5,000 were $3K from local animal organizations and $2K from Joe’s Stone Crab’s Stephen Sawitz.

Eleonora Todaro said she has been feeding and caring for the stray cat, known as Strushie, for years.

“He doesn’t deserve to be a free person. He doesn’t deserve it. He has to be punished,” Todaro said about the person who killed the cat. “I don’t know if he did it to hurt me or to hurt the cat. I hope to hurt me, because there’s no reason to hurt the cat.”

Strushie was described as a “local Miami Beach fixture,” the page’s creator wrote.

The cat was found Wednesday morning under a dumpster with an arrow lodged through his head.

Veterinarian Rachel Johnson said Strushie was brought to Alton Road Animal Hospital, but the cat’s injuries were so severe, he had to be euthanized.

“We gave him pain medication, intravenously, right away, but again, by the time he arrived here, he was pretty unresponsive,” Johnson said.

X-rays showed how the arrow penetrated Strushie’s mouth and skull.

Johnson voiced concern that whoever harmed Strushie could be a threat to the community.

“We are trying to involve authorities because we’re concerned about dangers to people,” Johnson said. “You know, people who are willing to do these kinds of things probably are dangerous, not only to the animals for suffering, but also to people.”

Anyone with information about Strushie’s killing is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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