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Key West resort worker goes on trial in co-worker stabbing case

Francisco Marquez
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Francisco Marquez, charged with stabbing a co-worker to death in Key West in February 2012, will go on trial on Monday.

Marquez, 39, who worked at the Ibis Bay Beach Resort near the Home Depot, allegedly stabbed 29-year-old Giovanni Perez near a houseboat behind the resort on North Roosevelt Boulevard. Perez, who suffered a right chest stab wound and entered into cardiac arrest, died after being airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.

According to witness statements supplied to the Key West Police Department, a houseboat party turned violent when Perez and Marquez got into an argument. One witness, Jose Lumbi, reportedly said he saw Marquez get a fork and knife from the kitchen with which to stab Perez. Officers later found a filet knife and butcher knife sitting atop a plastic lid with blood on the scene.

This past Jan. 10, Marquez was charged with felony battery for allegedly grabbing a Monroe County Sheriff's Office detention deputy after a Jan. 10 cell inspection at the Stock Island Detention Center. Marquez allegedly charged at Deputy Karl Markowski, ripping his radio microphone from his shoulder.

He was also charged with cocaine possession and carrying a concealed weapon in October 2006.

Marquez, who is represented by the Monroe County Public Defender's Office, is due for trial in front of Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones. Assistant Public Defender Bill Kuypers, Marquez's lawyer, couldn't be reached comment by press time.

Marquez is in jail with no bond allowed.