Daren Ruffin had only been home from jail for about a week before he found himself in custody again.
The charge was the same: second-degree assault, after his wife told police Ruffin beat her. But instead of spending a month in jail in lieu of bail as he had before, Ruffin was released the next day on his own recognizance and ordered to stay away from his wife, Melissa Davis.
Hours later, he was charged with first-degree murder. Police found Davis stabbed to death in the couple's apartment last Friday and say Ruffin has confessed to the crime. He had been arrested six times in as many months on charges that he hurt his wife, and in one case was cleared when Davis refused to testify against him.