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St. Pete woman arrested in fatal stabbing of husband

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 02:18 PM
ST. PETERSBURG -

A St. Petersburg woman turned herself in Tuesday afternoon, hours after police say she stabbed her husband to death during an argument.

Sharon Byrd was taken into custody without incident after calling the St. Petersburg Police Department from a lawyer's office in the 1300 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North.

Byrd, 46, of St. Petersburg, faces a charge of second-degree murder, police said.

Russell Byrd, 44, was pronounced dead at the couple's apartment in the 1700 block of 57th Terrace South just after 2 a.m., police said.

Russell Byrd was talking on the phone to his sister when Sharon Byrd became suspicious and asked who he was talking to, police said.

The couple began arguing, police said, and Sharon Byrd went to the kitchen to get a knife, police said. When she returned, she told Russell Byrd she was going to kill him and stabbed him, police said.

The Byrds had been drinking, police said.

Juan McQueen, a friend of the couple, said he was in the apartment during the stabbing.

"My brother died in my arms," McQueen said.

McQueen said he thought Sharon Byrd left the apartment to flag down an ambulance, but she never came back.

When officers arrived, they found Russell Byrd unresponsive with wounds to his upper body.

"That's like inhumane," McQueen said. "… I don't care what kind of influence you (are) under or whatever, but, hey, man, she needs to know that she did take a man's life you know? And I hate that. He was my best friend."


News Channel 8 reporter Adrienne Pedersen contributed to this report.
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