Abuse, Parole And Death
In May, Bodnar also wrote a letter to the parole board, urging it to release DeMello again.

"I would like to start off by saying that I love Ronald DeMello dearly and plan to marry him," she wrote. "Getting to know Ronald over a period of time, I noticed him to be a kind, loving man, who cares about life, but would often speak of a very rough, abusive childhood, which caused him great pain to talk about."

The board decided in July to release DeMello on parole again, prohibiting him from contact with Bodnar. The decision was made primarily because DeMello was scheduled to finish his sentence Oct. 27, and the board wanted to give him a chance to make a transition into the community, parole officials said.

John Lahda, executive director of the parole board, said the board often paroles inmates who have violated the conditions of previous releases.

"These technical violations are designed to bring somebody back to prison, try to work with them on whatever the violation was and then try to get them out as quickly as possible," he said.

Release Looming

When he was found outside Bodnar's house Sept. 7, DeMello was returned to prison for violating the condition of his parole that he not contact Bodnar.

But he is still scheduled to be released Oct. 27. As that date creeps up, Suffield police are still trying to corroborate DeMello's claim that Bodnar died of an injury she received during a fall a few days before he was found outside her home. Police Chief Michael Manzi said Bodnar apparently bled to death after a piece of a broken rib cut into a vital organ.

The state autopsy report could take up to 12 more weeks, police Capt. David Bourque said. Without it, police can't peg exactly how or when Bodnar's injury occurred.

Bourque said police will file charges against DeMello in the case, but whether they will be murder charges is still in question.

"A murder charge must clearly state the intent to cause death on the person," he said, "and after 12 hours of interrogation, I don't think we have that."