The Houston man accused of stabbing and killing his boyfriend 18 months ago took his own life just days before Christmas as he remained free on bond awaiting trial.
Antonio Onorato, 22, hung himself and the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences classified his death as a suicide, according to an agency spokesperson. A family member found Onorato's body about 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 22 in a home on Maxroy in northwest Houston, police said.
Onorato (top photo) was charged with murder after police say he repeatedly stabbed his boyfriend, Christopher Clingan (bottom photo), on June 16, 2013. The two men, dating for about six months, had recently moved to San Antonio from Houston and their relationship was struggling, family members told the Express-News.
Babbette Marie Clingan said the two men recently had moved to San Antonio from Houston, where they both grew up and met.
Their relationship had grown tumultuous in recent weeks, and her son said he wanted to end things with Onorato, 20, and move back to Houston with his family.
“They'd been having issues,” Clingan said, adding that her son told her Onorato sometimes was confrontational. “My son just wanted go get away from him and get out of it.”
Clingan, bleeding from stab wounds, waited nearly 10 minutes for first responders to reach him. A mixup at the apartment's entrance gate left paramedics stuck outside after they arrived, according to KSAT.
Clingan's last words, a plea for help, were recorded by 911 operators.
“I've been stabbed like eight times, I'm bleeding to death,” Clingan told Bexar County dispatchers. “I want you to help me please, somebody hurry please, I don't want to die.”
He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Sheriff's deputies found Clingan on the ground at the apartment complex after being called there about 4:40 a.m. Witnesses led them to Onorato, who was still around the complex, according to the Express-News. He was arrested and later released on a $100,000 bond.
Just months earlier, Onorato was arrested in Houston and charged with assaulting a woman on Pacific Street, according to About Magazine. He was released on bond on April 10 and two months later, was arrested for killing Clingan in San Antonio.
About Magazine first reported Onorato's suicide.
With a heavy heart we have to inform you Chris will not be getting his Earthly justice we have fought so hard for. Unfortunately, Antonio has once again done the only thing he knows how, and has killed again. This time his victim being himself. We are pained as a family that we will never get our day in court with him, but while he can escape a judges rule of prison time, he cannot escape God's eternal sentence. We can sleep peacefully at night knowing another murderer is off the street, and in the ground where he belongs. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers at this time, this is not the ending we ever wanted.