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Barron County woman charged with homicide in stabbing death

Barron County (WQOW) – A Barron County woman was formally charged with homicide on Wednesday.

According to court records, Melanie Kuula, 44, from Almena is charged with 2nd degree intentional homicide.

Police say Kuula is responsible for stabbing her boyfriend, Brett Bents, to death on Saturday, August 10 in Almena.

According to the criminal complaint, Kuula told authorities she stabbed her boyfriend because she caught him in bed with another woman.

A witness said Kuula walked outside, admitted to stabbing Bents, and said she didn’t care if she went to jail.

When police went into the apartment Kuula and Bents shared they found a frying pan with a bent handle and a spatula handle both covered in blood. They also found a serrated kitchen knife with blood on it in the apartment entryway.

An autopsy showed a single stab wound to Bents’ heart and multiple blunt-force traumas to his head and face. The doctor said the injuries were consistent with having been struck with a fry pan and a wooden handle.

The autopsy results rule the primary cause of death was a stab wound to the chest with a secondary cause of death being extensive trauma to the head. The doctor advised the death would be a homicide.

Kuula is being held on a $25,000 cash bond. If convicted, she could spend the next 60 years in prison.


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