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Woman stabbed husband to death after argument over coffee: police

A Tennessee woman allegedly stabbed her husband to death following an argument over the taste of his coffee, according to a local report.

Memphis Police Department (MPD) officers arrested Sheila Downey, 68, after being alerted to reports that a person had been injured at 832 Wrenwood Avenue around 8:11 a.m. on April 24.

When police arrived, they found a man had been stabbed multiple times, according to an affidavit obtained by Fox13.

In a Facebook post on Monday, an MPD spokesperson said: “Upon arriving at the scene, officers located a male (81) with multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to hospital regional one in critical condition but later succumbed to his injuries.

Image of a police car and Downey. Downey allegedly killed her husband following an argument over his coffee.

“Officers have been advised that the victim was involved in an altercation with his wife when she allegedly stabbed him. The suspect, 68-year-old Sheila Downey, was not at the scene when officers arrived, [but] she returned and was taken into custody.”

According to Fox13, Downey and her husband had argued over the taste of her coffee.

Police said the man claimed Downey entered the laundry room to drink bleach and was stabbed as he tried to stop him from harming himself.

Downey was later arrested and charged with first degree murder.

Newsweek has contacted the MPD for comment.

According to the 2020 crime statistics for Tennessee, 682 murders were reported that year, of which 317 were cleared up and solved.

He added that there were 94 reported murders, 86 of which have been cleared, where a case of domestic violence had occurred.

The crime report also revealed that in 2020 there were 21 cases where a spouse murdered their partner.

Newsweek reported many similar cases. Earlier this month, 27-year-old Christian Tobechukwu Obumseli was stabbed in the chest and taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, where he died.

A police spokesperson said Obumseli’s girlfriend was arrested in connection with the stabbings and taken to a mental health facility under Florida’s Baker Law, which gives police, to a judge or a mental health professional the power to involuntarily commit a person for 72 hours. Evaluation.

In February, Melvin Weller, 62, was stabbed some 140 times with knives and a cleaver at his home in Florida.

When police arrived at the Palm Springs home, they found Weller’s wife, Joan Burke, 61, lying on a bed in the master bedroom.

She was arrested for first degree murder and it was later discovered that Weller had also suffered a fractured skull following an examination.


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