SALEM — A Salem man already on probation after serving seven years in prison for assaulting and stalking a former girlfriend is now being held without bail on charges that he tried to kill a woman in her Salem apartment Sunday. 

Alfred R. Horne, 48, of 16 Leach St., was arrested Tuesday after a friend of the woman's called police to report the incident. 

When police went to the address, they found Horne's girlfriend sitting outside, still shaking and, she told them, afraid to speak to them. 

She eventually disclosed that during an argument Sunday, Horne had grabbed her around the throat until she lost consciousness, and bit her wrist. 

She also reported another strangulation and assault that had occurred a couple of months ago. 

The woman said that after the incident Sunday, Horne spoke to her in a "calm and creepy" voice, telling her "he could kill her," officers wrote in their report. 

Horne pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that include attempted murder and two counts each of suffocation or strangulation and domestic assault and battery. Salem District Court Judge Robert Brennan ordered that Horne will remain in custody at least until a hearing next Wednesday to determine whether he poses a danger if released. 

He was also ordered detained without bail pending a probation violation hearing by Salem Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Karp. 

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis. 

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