Tennessee Woman Stabbed Husband To Death After An Argument Over Coffee

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A woman allegedly stabbed her husband to death after an argument over how his coffee tasted, according to a local report. 

Sheila Downey, 68,  was arrested by Memphis Police Department (MPD) after they were alerted to reports that a person had been wounded at 832 Wrenwood Avenue at about 8:11 a.m. on April 24.

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

An MPD spokesperson said in a Facebook post on Monday, “Upon arriving on the scene, officers located a male (81) suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to the Regional One Hospital in critical condition but later died from his injuries. 

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

Downey and her husband had gotten into an argument over the taste of his coffee, According to Fox13.

Police also added that the man claimed that Downey went into the laundry room to drink bleach and was stabbed when he tried to stop her from harming herself. 

Downey was later arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

There were 682 reported murders, 317 of which were cleared up and resolved, according to 2020 crime statistics for Tennessee. There were also 94 reported murders, 86 of which were cleared, where an instance of domestic violence had happened.

The 2020 crime report also found that same year, there had been 21 cases where a spouse had murdered their partner.



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