BRONX CRIMINAL COURT — The jealous cabbie accused of fatally stabbing the mother of his baby after stalking her then running her off the road pleaded not guilty to murder charges Thursday morning.
Dionis Espinal, 31, was arraigned on charges of murder, manslaughter, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal contempt after the early-morning rampage on Wednesday.
Espinal had been ordered by a judge in August to stay away from Katherine German, the mother of his child, after he punched her in their Bronx apartment in May, according to court records.
Espinal, who worked for Bronx-based Kiss Car Service until his license was suspended after the May assault, waited outside of the Paradise Hotel in Boston Road until German and her new boyfriend, Jose Jimenez, 28, emerged around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, police sources said.
Espinal chased them down in his cab and rammed them off the road at Pelham Parkway and the New England Thruway, cops said.
Espinal ran over to the overturned SUV and stabbed German in the neck and torso, cops said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jimenez walked away from the crash with minor cuts, but refused medical attention at the scene.
Dionis will remain in custody until his next appear in court on Sept. 3, officials said.