Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Port Salerno, FL: Port Salerno woman accused of fatally stabbing boyfriend after party

PORT SALERNO — A woman is facing murder charges in the Monday evening stabbing death of her live-in boyfriend, according to a Martin County Sheriff's Office news release.

Deputies on Tuesday charged Arnetha Summers McIntyre, 49, with second-degree murder after responding to a Monday evening call of a stabbing. As of Tuesday, she is being held without bail at the Martin County Jail.

Initially, she was charged with aggravated domestic battery but the charges changed after boyfriend Kenneth Joe Harris, 53, died, a news release states.

About 10:38 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a stabbing at an apartment in the 5000 block of Southeast Lisbon Circle. They found Harris, who had been stabbed once in the upper chest. He was taken to Martin Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries.

A hysterical McIntyre was found lying on the grass with multiple blood stains on her clothes, the arrest report states.

The white pants McIntyre wore had two bloody hand prints on the thigh areas, neighbor Nick Carfi said.

"Mama, I stabbed him!," McIntyre said to a person on her cellphone as rescue crews worked to save Harris. "Mama, I grabbed a knife and I don't know where it is!"

The couple were arguing as they returned home from a party and entered the kitchen, the arrest report states.

McIntyre said Harris was cursing at her, calling her names and pushing her, the report states.

During the argument, Harris went in the laundry room, and she followed him, picking up a 6-inch to 7-inch-long serrated kitchen knife from the stove, report states.

When Harris saw McIntyre had the knife, he told her to move out the way and attempted to push her to the side, the report states. That's when McIntyre swung the blade at him, the report states, and walked away from Harris.

Then she heard Harris call her name and saw that he was bleeding from his upper chest, the release states.

She then called 911.

Neighbor Nick Carfi, 30, said he was lying in bed watching a cable news show when he heard loud, angry voices of a man and woman.

"Then I heard pure silence for like a minute," Carfi said Tuesday afternoon. "There was a lady screaming, "Somebody help me," like I had never heard before. You could hear the desperation in her voice."

Deputies found the knife Tuesday morning while serving a search warrant in the home, the release states.

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