A Westmont woman has been charged with stabbing her husband to death during an argument at the couple’s home Friday, officials said.
According to a press release from DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin, Lisa Davis, 42, of the 500 block of West 51st Street, has been charged with first degree murder in the death of her husband David, 49.
About 7:29 p.m. Friday, Westmont police responded to a 911 call at the couple’s home and found David Davis bleeding from a knife wound to the right side of his abdomen, the release said. Davis was transported to a local hospital, where he died at 11:36 p.m.
Lisa Davis was arrested at the scene, the release said, and has been in custody ever since. Officials said that she and her husband had gotten into a “verbal altercation” and that she subsequently stabbed him with a kitchen knife.
According to the release, Lisa Davis will appear in bond court at 8 a.m. Monday at the DuPage County Jail.
A shooting in Rockwall killed one woman on Saturday night. Police said they were forced to shoot her ex-boyfriend after a police pursuit that lasted from Rockwall to Greenville, Texas.
According to a Rockwall police department news release, officers responded to a shooting call in the 2000 block of Summer Lee around 7:53 p.m. Saturday. Police found a male and female victim with multiple gunshot wounds. Both were taken to the hospital, where the female victim died.
Rockwall police identified the suspect as the woman's ex-boyfriend, 47-year-old Anthony Dewayne Lewis. Officers said Lewis fled east on Interstate 30.
Police told NBCDFW, the chase ended about 45 minutes later with another shooting in Greenville on the westbound service road of I-30. Police said the vehicle driven by Lewis stopped after its tires were spiked and it hit a Texas Department of Public Safety vehicle.
"The suspect then exited his vehicle, pointed a handgun at the officers and was shot by officers on the scene," the Rockwall police department release said. "The suspect was transported to Presbyterian Hospital in Greenville, Texas. The suspect was later flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas for further treatment."
The police officers involved in the chase were not hurt.
The condition of the male shooting victim in Rockwall has not been released. Rockwall Police Detectives are looking into that shooting.
The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting of the suspect in Greenville.
A Brooklyn man nearly decapitated his wife when he killed her with a kitchen knife Sunday, police sources said.
The man went berserk inside the couple’s home on E. 102nd St. in Canarsie about 11:45 a.m., officials said.
He stabbed his wife, identified by relatives as Hazel Robinson, 51, in the neck, partially severing her head, according to sources.
Charges are pending against her husband, who was taken into custody at the scene.
Police say the bodies of a man and woman found in a Council Bluffs home Saturday morning was the result of a murder/suicide.
Officers called to the Bluffs Acres mobile home park near Pueblo Road and Chippewa Circle just after 10 a.m. to investigate a report of a shooting found the bodies of 38-year-old Stephony Metzger and 42-year-old Terry Francis in one of the home's bedrooms.
Police say Metzger, who lived at the home, and Francis had been dating for several years. It's believed he shot Metzger before turning the gun on himself. Neighbor Jennifer Iwersen said Metzger had recently been trying to end the relationship.
Metzger was the mother of three children between the ages of 12 and 18. Carolyn Brown, who lives across the street, went to school with the oldest child. "She's recently started college. She was talking on Facebook the other day about how she was really looking forward to a bright future and then unfortunately something like this happened. I feel so terribly sorry for her."
Brown didn't know Metzger well. “I didn’t have many conversations with her, but she seemed really nice and caring. When she would come out with her dogs she would wave and say hi. She never seemed mean at all. I’ve only had pleasant encounters with her.”
Again this week our domestic violence stereotypes proved untrue. Twice.
On Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to lovers, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, was shot to death, allegedly by her lover, Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee known as “the Blade Runner” for his spectacular Olympic track performance last year. Steenkamp was a model, a motivational speaker and, ironically, a crusader against violence toward women.
On Valentine’s Day closer to home, jurors heard testimony in the trial of Nathaniel Fujita, a star high school athlete in leafy, affluent Wayland who’d been headed to even leafier Trinity College to play football. Instead Fujita faces first-degree murder charges in the strangling death of his longtime sweetheart, Lauren Astley, a standout at school known for her spunk, enthusiasm and lovely singing voice.
Neither Pistorius nor Fujita fit the cliches of the domestic abuser. That is, someone who grew up in a poor, troubled or violent family; someone with a pronounced drug or alcohol problem; someone who’s failed in life and whose attacks accelerate from controlling behavior to verbal abuse to ever more violent physical assaults. In fact, the alleged attacks on these women appeared to be unexpected, friends and family have said. Even Astley, who knew of Fujita’s increasing depression, never indicated that she feared him.
Just the opposite of a frustrated loser, Pistorius was a Nike spokesman, rich and world-famous. He grew up in a large and reportedly loving family determined that his amputations would neither diminish nor define him. Fujita for years had enjoyed the status that comes with being an athletic star. His father is a popular music professor at Berklee College of Music. His mother was so worried about her son’s post-breakup bleak moods that she visited Lauren Astley at her job at the Natick Mall.
And neither Astley nor Steenkamp fit the stereotype of abuse victims either: some weak, dependent, poorly educated woman with low self-esteem, few options and, perhaps conditioned by her own violent past, an expectation of abuse. Lauren Astley has been described as strong, bold, focused — an a capella singer ready to pursue a career in fashion at Elon University. Steenkamp used her fame to speak out against sexual violence. “I woke up in a happy, safe home this morning. Not everyone did,” she tweeted just last week, prophetically.
The only stereotypes that fit here: Astley’s breakup with Fujita (breakups increase the likelihood of violence six-fold); and the presence of a gun, a 9 mm pistol, in Pistorius’ home, which dramatically increases the likelihood of a domestic murder, or suicide.
So what to make of all this? Simply that domestic violence spares no one: not the rich, the famous, the beautiful, the successful — or those who are well raised and very much loved.
For 15 years now, Valentine’s Day has also been known as V-Day, a day of global awareness of violence against women. This Valentine’s Day, Steenkamp had been scheduled to speak to teenagers about empowerment and standing up for justice in their own lives. “Wear black this Friday in support against rape,” she had tweeted just hours before she’d planned to don black herself. But by Friday, Reeva Steenkamp was dead.