ST. PETERSBURG — A woman was beaten and stabbed to death Monday by her jealous husband, St. Petersburg police said.
The husband, Fausto Watters, 38, was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder. Police said he stabbed his wife, 24-year-old Samyra Watters, in the neck because he believed she was having an affair.
The incident was reported at 11:48 a.m. Monday at 775 64th Ave. S, police said. The victim was pronounced dead by paramedics minutes after they arrived at her home.
Neighbor Viola Walker, 47, was one of the first to enter the home after the attack. She found the husband in the kitchen, she said, standing near the sink.
"He was looking like a wild man," Walker said. "I said, 'Get the hell out of this house right now.' "
He got out. The husband was sitting on the porch when officers arrived.
According to police, Watters made "spontaneous" statements to officers, telling them he was to blame for his wife's injuries.
Caletha Proctor, 26, lives next door with her mother, Walker. They had never heard any kind of commotion from their next-door neighbors, she said, until someone started banging wildly on her front door before noon Monday.
It was a woman who lives with the couple next door, Proctor said. The woman was distraught and crying, she said, but spoke only limited English.
"Come, come," the distraught woman asked her.
Proctor went with the crying woman to the single-story home next door. Inside the house, she said, she saw a woman lying face-up on the floor.
The woman appeared to have a large bruise on her face and she had been stabbed in the throat. Police could not say Monday how many stab wounds she suffered.
Proctor said there was blood everywhere.
"She wanted me to help (but) I didn't know what to do," Proctor said. "The lady's throat was slit."
Inside the kitchen, she said, the victim's husband was talking calmly on his cell phone.
Proctor said she ran to her house and asked her mother, Walker, to call for help.
When Walker entered the home, she said, the husband didn't seem panicked at all.
The couple have a young boy who often played outside with Proctor's 2-year-old son DaShon, Proctor said.
The couple's son was with a babysitter and was not home at the time of the attack, police said.
Watters was arrested and taken to the Pinellas County Jail.
Walker said the victim worked in the customer service department at a nearby Sweetbay Supermarket.
"She's very, very nice," she said. "I don't even want to go to the store now."
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