Saturday, February 24, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: Seminole woman stabbed husband during argument

Times staff

SEMINOLE — A woman was arrested Thursday after, deputies say, she stabbed her husband to death during an argument.

Mary Georgia Pender-Michielson, 51, called 911 around 3:20 a.m. Monday to report that her husband, 41-year-old Bruce Michielson, sustained a knife wound to his chest at the couple's home on Hamlin Boulevard in unincorporated Seminole, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Michielson was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg where he was pronounced dead at 4:40 a.m., according to deputies.

Pender-Michielson was also transported to a hospital for "a non-trauma related medical complaint," deputies said.

When detectives interviewed Pender-Michielson, she admitted to stabbing Michielson in the chest with a large kitchen knife, but said she did it in self defense, according to the Sheriff's Office. She gave multiple, conflicting statements, which together did not convince investigators that deadly force was justified, detectives said.

The couple were the only two people in the apartment, and witnesses told investigators the couple had a history of domestic violence.

Pender-Michielson was taken into custody on a second-degree murder charge. She was held Thursday night in the Pinellas County jail.

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