An amateur soccer player who hoped to play the sport professionally was charged Tuesday with the stabbing death of a teen model who posed for Playboy and Cosmopolitan magazine, the Press Association reported.
Ricardo Morrison, 21, did not speak during a hearing Tuesday at the Bolton Magistrates' Court, where he was formally charged with the death of Amy Leigh Barnes, a former girlfriend.
Barnes, 19, a Miss British Isles 2007 finalist, suffered multiple stab wounds during an attack on Saturday, days after moving into her own apartment outside of Manchester, England. She died at a nearby hospital hours later, the PA reported.
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"Amy Leigh was the life and soul of the party," a friend told the Times of London on Monday. "She was very popular and loved going out night after night."
Barnes recently left school to become a full-time model. In an interview with her local newspaper she said: “I want to stick with modelling now. I've been getting more work and my parents are behind me all the way.”
Morrison is due back in court on Nov. 19.