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October 25, 2012

Ronchi 'wanted to get away'

Testimony continues for man who killed his pregnant girlfriend


“I really can’t remember the details,” Ronchi pleaded, as Curran asked for specifics.

“I’ve gone through this a thousand times already,” he testified.

“You pulled the knife out,” Curran said.

“I don’t remember,” Ronchi responded.

“When she said that I just lost it, I lost my reasoning, as I said yesterday, I was enraged, I don’t remember.”

Two days before he stabbed Galperina, Ronchi rewrote his will, he acknowledged yesterday. He had testified Tuesday that he decided not to include the new baby in a family trust fund that provided for his older children, instead indicating that he would purchase a life insurance policy for Galperina and the child.

And though it wasn’t due for another month and a half, Ronchi also paid the full tuition for both of his older children for the following year at Cape Ann Waldorf School. The money came from a checking account funded with a $200,000 inheritance. He also had access to a $1 million trust fund, he testified.

Ronchi, when given the opportunity by his own lawyer to explain, told jurors that he was worried that his friend Susan Slowick’s hours as a music teacher at the school would be cut and that “any little bit” of funding for the school would help.

Slowick and Ronchi, who had known each other for about five years, had been spending an increasing amount of time together in the six months before his arrest, he acknowledged yesterday. They attended concerts and visited each other, sometimes with their children.

Both say it was just a friendship.

“You never told Ms. Slowick that you were dating a woman named Yulyia Galperina and that you were expecting the birth of your child,” the prosecutor suggested.

“I don’t think I told her,” Ronchi responded.

His lawyer, John Swomley, leaped up moments later, when it was his turn again to question Ronchi.

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