Public Defender to Represent Murder Suspect

Jason Otis Monroe agreed to have a public defender represent him. He faces one count of murder.

A man rescinded his request to represent himself in court at a Friday morning court appearance.

Jason Otis Monroe, 32, of Newark agreed to have a public defender represent him, just two days after he

Monroe did, however, make a request to be able to have one more week to decide whether he can represent himself in court.

Alameda Superior Court Judge Dennis McLaughlin accepted that Monroe be currently represented by a public defender and said if he decides to represent himself, it can be reviewed at the time it is requested.

Monroe is scheduled to return to the Fremont Hall of Justice on May 20. It is expected that a public defender may be assigned to him at that time, according to Deputy District Attorney Andrew Ross.

Monroe said in court Monday that he was on a number of antipsychotic medications. The court ordered that Monroe undergo a mental evaluation, but details on that report have not been released to the district attorney's office, Ross said.

Monroe faces one charge of murder that stems from an April 27 arrest in which Newark police found Evangeline Supena Contillo, 25, dead of apparent stab wounds in a home on the 36600 block of Cherry Street.

Monroe was found at the residence with his hands and clothes bloodied, according to Commander Robert Douglas of the .

At the time of the incident, Contillo had a restraining order in effect against Monroe, stemming from a Feb. 25 domestic battery case.

Monroe was previously arrested and convicted on Feb. 28 on charges of misdemeanor battery, assault and corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant.

Contillo was the victim of the assault and corporal injury charges, according to the district attorney’s office. The office would not release the identity of the battery victim.

The two are said to have been a couple who lived at the Newark home on Cherry Street with their two children, ages 3 and 5, and Monroe's mother, according to relatives of both individuals.

Family and Friends of Evangeline Contillo mourned her death and at a private mass and burial in Oakland and Livermore.

Monroe is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

Union City Patch Editor Zoneil Maharaj contributed to this report.

Mona Taplin May 06, 2011 at 10:24 PM
I wonder if anyone called the police the minute Monroe showed up at the house, as should have been done. Doors should have been locked so he couldn't get in. So many "if only's" that might have prevented this tragedy from happening. It's too late for them now, but the rest of us can learn a lesson from this.
James May 07, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Restraining Orders are a Joke. Most often even if someone did call the Police, the restrained person will most likely already be through the door and trying to kill you all before the Police are within a block of your home. The best thing people with Restraining Orders can do is obtain a Gun like the Sig P229 (Officers Preference) and Boobytrap the heck out of their Property. The P229 is a great concealable Pistol and if you have a Concealed Carry Permit it's the best choice for Defensive Situations. Of course many factors need to be considered especially if the Gun owner is a Female, whether or not the Noise of a Gun Shot irritates ones ears etc. Lots of different Firearms exist catering to specific needs. The fact is, nothing will stop the most determined soul except for an equally determined Weapon.
Jen May 07, 2011 at 12:46 AM
@ Mona-That was his Mom's house and he lived there.
Mona Taplin May 07, 2011 at 01:03 AM
Jen, I know it was his Mom's house,- but far better for her to leave the door locked and call the police when it was known he was there. Instead she is going to have to suffer the agony of knowing her son murdered her grandchildrens mother, and also will have to suffer the agony of seeing her son go on trial. This mother and those children are going to suffer terribly for this act. I think those bars for windows with an inside release might also help. The best solution would have been for her to have received immediately the $2000 alowed to get started again, and make it a penalty calling for jail time if she accepts the money and then contacts him at any time for any reason. James loaded guns in a house with young children is not a good idea, and also booby trapping the area around the house would make it very difficult for the children to play outside. There just isn't an easy solution to this terrible tragedy.
Jen May 07, 2011 at 01:26 AM
They had all been around eachother after the restraining order was in place. If you are going to get a restraining order against someone, you shouldn't have contact with them even if everything seems ok. I'm not trying to stick up for him but she shouldn't have had contact with him after that restraining order was in place either.
Mona Taplin May 07, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Jen you are absolutely right, and that's what happens far too often. If that's what happened,- and I don't doubt it,- then the victim and his mother are just as responsible for what happened as he is and that is really sad.
M.Tears May 07, 2011 at 04:17 AM
I feel sad for what has happened. My confusion is, how you going to live in the house with his mother, where he grew up?! Where was her family all this time?! Definitely a situation that would make a man on meds feel like he has nothing!
Mona Taplin May 07, 2011 at 05:00 AM
Cesca, I'm so very very sorry about your Aunt. From everything we have heard she was a great mother and a really nice person. This has to the most tragic thing that could happen to any family. Our hearts ache for the children . It's going to be very difficult for them, losing the Mom who loved them so much and knowing their dad is responsible. I hope you and all of your family will accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss.
Nika Megino (Editor) May 07, 2011 at 05:29 AM
Cesca, I had to delete your comment due to profanity. Please feel free to re-post your statement without profanity.
Cesca Fortuna May 07, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Sorry for using profanity. But I had to just tell these people off. talking bad on my auntie telling her she should have did this and that. I didn't mean to cuss But this is my Auntie she used to live w/ me when I little and it's sad to know that's she's gone and I'm never gonna see her again till I'm up there w/ her. ))': She couldn't leave the house she just couldn't he wouldn't even let her see her own family before she passed away. I'm sorry I just had to let it all out. 
Mona Taplin May 07, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Cesca, we can easily understand your hurt and anger. I can only speak for myself, but I had no intention of speaking ill of her. This city is really shocked by what happened. To begin with, the laws aren't strong enough to be of much help in a situation like this. There are many others living in this area facing the same kind of threats. I sincerely hope that they will make sure they get far away from their abuser and prevent another really sad thing like this from happening. That's a whole lot easier said than done, and that's where the law should be changed to better enable an abused woman/family to get away safely.
Nadja Adolf May 07, 2011 at 08:48 PM
In many states, police are required by law to "remove all firearms from a scene of domestic violence." This law is best known for causing the death of a NY state housewife who moved across the state to get away from her abuser and moved in with her mother. Her abuser, whom she had a restraining order against, showed up at the home and tried to kick the door in. The police, in compliance removed all legal firearms from the property. He returned not long after the police left with an illegally obtained black market weapon, shot and killed his ex-wife, and seriously injured one of his own children and his mother-in-law. I don't know about current California law. As an NRA certified personal protection instructor, I have the following advice. 1) DO NOT get a firearm unless you intend to use it. It is almost unheard of for an offender to take it away and use it to kill someone - but they will take it away and give the victim an even worse beating than originally planned. 2) Take a course before purchasing a firearm. Make sure you are comfortable with the type of firearm you intend to purchase. 3) I recommend wheel guns; they are far less likely to jam than auto loaders like the Sig P229. If you need more than five rounds to deal with a domestic violence incident, you need more practice or a larger caliber. A .38 with the proper loads should be sufficient. 4) Do not mention you have said firearm; domestic abusers see this as a challenge.
Nadja Adolf May 07, 2011 at 08:51 PM
5) Do not expect to get a concealed carry permit in Alameda County or most of the state of California. They are generally restricted to personal friends of politicians and larger political donors. 6) Equip your residence with dead bolt lights and motion detector lighting if possible. 7) A small yappy dog inside or a pair of geese or guinea fowl in the back yard will wake you if you have a prowler.
Nadja Adolf May 07, 2011 at 09:04 PM
8) Burglar alarms are good. 9) Booby trapping your house and yard is illegal and can be a felony. 10) Firearms around children are safer by far than swimming pools and bicycles according to statistics. Almost all "youth" deaths from firearms are a result of criminal gang activity; most of the remainder are suicides, and accidents are negligible and seem to be concentrated in the family's of criminals. Reasonably priced bolt down lock boxes that operate by a coded pattern of finger taps on the top keep children out and permit extremely rapid access by responsible adults. A speed loader can be used so the firearm may be stored unloaded and loaded very rapidly; this is something that should be regularly practiced during the equally important regular practice sessions at the firearms range. Auto loaders can be stored without their magazine - always be sure that when you remove the magazine that you don't leave one in the chamber. Beware the Ammunition Fairy and her evil habit of leaving cartridges where you least expect them.
Friend of the family May 10, 2011 at 09:26 AM
Before people go crazy judging victims of domestic violence, perhaps they should educate themselves. "The Battered Woman" by Lenore Walker goes far in explaining why battered women make the choices they make. I've worked with victims of domestic violence and I've known the family of this victim for many years. The family is a close, loving family. Domestic violence victims are often isolated from their families by their abusers and feel too ashamed to let others know what's going on. Shame on those who blame a murder victim for their own death.
Mona Taplin May 10, 2011 at 03:35 PM
None of my remarks were meant to blame the victim. The one case I know personally about is one where the victim returned to the abuser over and over again,- even once when he would not have been able to find her. Why? Because he over the years convinced her that she was the person at fault, and that he truly loved her and so on. I would think it's most difficult for a woman with children to move out of a situation of abuse. How is she going to find a job and support the children by herself? So many problems that seem to be unsolvable. we need laws that would be more helpful in instances of abuse,- and so many "if only's" in the tragic case we are talking about.
My2cents October 05, 2011 at 05:09 AM
Maybe the Newark police should have removed Jason earlier that morning when they were there (3:00am for a domestic dispute call) if there was allready a restraining order, but the sad and stupid thing was that they didnt. Why Why Why?


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