Pawtucket Man Held Without Bail for Ex-Girlfriend’s Murder

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Michael Fernandes, a 34-year-old Pawtucket man, has been charged with first-degree domestic murder after allegedly shooting his ex-girlfriend, 33-year-old Jocelyn Docouto, on Friday night in the area of Central and Kenyon Avenues in Pawtucket. Docouto, a resident of Central Falls, was pronounced dead on the scene of the shooting.

On Monday, Fernandes was forcibly brought into the courtroom by sheriff’s deputies to be arraigned on several charges, including first-degree domestic murder. In addition to the murder charge, he also faces charges of violating a no-contact order, discharge of a firearm when committing a crime of violence, carrying a pistol or revolver without a license, and large-capacity feeding devices prohibited.

This incident follows a prior arrest of Fernandes for allegedly attempting to break into Docouto’s apartment, which led to the issuance of a no-contact order. Fernandes was taken into custody one day after the shooting and has since been charged with the murder.

He has been held without bail and has been ordered to undergo a competency evaluation. Fernandes is scheduled to appear in court again next month.