PORT RICHEY - A Pasco County judge denied bond for murder suspect John Sexton. He's accused of killing and mutilating an elderly woman last week.
At least one of John Sexton's neighbors says she never had a good feeling about the accused murderer.
"When you talked to him, you kind of get the vibe that's he's different. He's kind of creepy," said Cori McNichols who lives next door to Sexton's Port Richey home.
Three months ago, McNichols called code enforcement because of junk in Sexton's front yard. After he found out, the Sheriff's office says he confronted her and her husband. They say he was screaming at them, "You do not know who you are messing with," and "this is just the beginning, you guys will be sorry."
McNichols told deputies Sexton tried to fight with her husband, cut their phone and cable line, then left a threatening note on their vehicle and grease on the door handle.
Most of the two-page letter was not legible but investigators did make out the part that read, "are you sure ya wanna [expletive] with a bad guy with ranking? Know your opposition!"
"It was scary. We didn't know what he was thinking or what he would go to the extent to do," said McNichols.
Sexton wasn't charged with any crime, and McNichols says she didn't have any more trouble with him.
Sexton's own wife called the Sheriff's Office after an argument in July. She told deputies that when he drinks he gets violent and destroys things in their house.
Investigators say that incident never became physical. No arrest was made. But family members told deputies Sexton's drinking was a constant source of friction in the home.
Dennis Luzinkski lives across the street and said he never had any trouble with Sexton, who did lawn work in the neighborhood.
"That he would go that far and commit that type of crime is unbelievable," said Luzinski.
But McNichols says she suspected Sexton as soon as she heard about the murder. And she's glad he's behind bars.
"It's a big relief, a big big relief," she said.
Sexton's home on Niagra Drive is less than a mile away from where 94-year-old Ann Parlato was murdered.
Deputies already had Sexton in custody, but announced Thursday they were arresting him for last week's brutal killing.
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