BRANDON TIMMONS, an Overbrook man arrested in March and charged with fatally shooting and stabbing his girlfriend in her West Philadelphia apartment, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday at the Criminal Justice Center.

Timmons, 22, thin and bearded, told Municipal Judge Karen Y. Simmons that he had earned his GED, was treated for mental-health issues in the past and several months ago was treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

She held him for trial on murder and all related charges in the slaying of Valerie Marie Angeline, 31, a Bryn Mawr native whose remains were found in her first-floor apartment on 64th Street near Vine on March 24.

Police believe that the two argued and that Timmons attacked her, shooting her in an eye and stabbing her in the neck and chest.

Timmons then called police and said that he had found her dead, police said.

Angeline, a graduate of Radnor High School, had introduced Timmons to her father two days before her death, her father, Domenic Angeline Sr., told the Daily News after Timmons' arrest.Defense attorney W. Fred Harrison Jr. said he was still investigating how to defend Timmons.

"My client really cared about [Angeline]. He really did. He didn't want anything to happen to her," Harrison said. n

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