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Deputies charge Town 'N Country woman with fatally stabbing boyfriend

TAMPA — A Town 'N Country woman faces a manslaughter charge for fatally stabbing her boyfriend during a fight early Tuesday, authorities said.

Just after 2 a.m., Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call about a man who had been stabbed in an apartment at 8334 Country Square Court.

When deputies arrived, they reported hearing a commotion.

They forced their way into the apartment and found Orlando Rangel-Benitez, 28, dead with one stab wound to the chest.

Rangel-Benitez's girlfriend, Luz Maribel Myers, was also in the apartment.

Detectives interviewed Myers, 35, a server at Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar on Anderson Road, and concluded she stabbed her boyfriend during an argument.

They arrested her on one count of manslaughter with a weapon and she was held without bail in the Hillsborough County Jail.

The apartment complex where deputies say Myers stabbed Rangel-Benitez is the same one where a deputy was shot and injured in 2009.

Deputy Miguel Galarza was responding to a home invasion at 8329 Country Square Court when he was shot by a suspect who wrestled the deputy's gun away from him. Galarza was shot in the neck, but survived.

The shooter, Miguel Serrano, was convicted of attempted second-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and attempted felony murder, among other charges, and is serving four life sentences.

Times news researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

Deputies charge Town 'N Country woman with fatally stabbing boyfriend 02/05/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:02am]
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