October 15, 2009
Woman accused of killing wrestler denied bail
By DEAN PRITCHARD - Winnipeg Sun

Big John Radocaj prepares to compete in a Winnipeg sumo bout. (NEW BRAND WRESTLING ARCHIVES)

A woman arrested in the murder of her ex-husband, former wrestler Ivan Radocaj, has been denied bail for the second time.

Melody Sanford, 44, appeared for a bail review before Justice Glenn Joyal this morning.

Details of the hearing cannot be printed due to a publication ban.

Sanford has been in custody for 21 months. She is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Sanford will return to court Jan. 4, 2010, the same day five co-accused are set to begin a preliminary hearing.

Radocaj, 43, a former wrestler known as the "Croatian Giant," was found beaten to death in his Komarno home Sept. 14, 2007.


According to court documents, Rodocaj and Sanford married that summer and spent just three weeks together before Sanford filed for divorce in August.

In an affidavit filed after the homicide, Radocaj's father, Josip, said Sanford threatened Ivan Radocaj that she could have him killed. In an interview with the Winnipeg Sun, Sanford denied making the threat.

Ivan Radocaj feared for his life and asked his father to help him get a gun for protection, the affidavit stated.

The affidavit stated Ivan Radocaj told his dad Sept. 12 that Sanford had called and asked "to meet to settle matters."

Sanford previously said she had last seen Radocaj alive at a Teulon restaurant the evening of Sept. 12.

Radocaj accused Sanford of marrying him for his money, court documents stated.

RELATED LINKS

  • March 27, 2008: Man accused of killing Radocaj released on bail
  • Jan. 31, 2008: 6th person arrested for Radocaj death
  • Jan. 26, 2008: Radocaj's ex-wife also charged
  • Jan. 24, 2008: Family members accused of murder of Radocaj
  • Sep. 17, 2007: Former Winnipeg wrestler Radocaj's death ruled a homicide


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