- Associated Press - Monday, August 24, 2020

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man charged with running down and killing his on-and-off girlfriend with his car was held without bail at his arraignment on Monday.

James Grilli, 37, of Pawtucket, did not enter a plea to murder and other charges in the death Saturday night of Erika Belcourt. He was referred to the public defender’s office.

Grilli and Belcourt had a dispute in the 40-year-old Belcourt’s Woonsocket apartment, police said. The couple continued the argument after going outside before Grilli got in his car.

“This defendant, James Grilli, did break into her apartment,” prosecutor Jillian Dubois said in court. “There were signs of forced entry. After he left the apartment, she followed him out telling him she was calling police. When he got into his car she stood in front of his car and he accelerated his vehicle and ran her over. Hit her, ran her over, and then left the scene,” Dubois said.

He was arrested several hours later in Pawtucket.

Pawtucket police said Grilli is involved in other domestic-related cases involving two other women.

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