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St. Petersburg police release name of stabbing victim

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have identified a man they say was fatally stabbed by his girlfriend Thursday.

Michael Gene Espy, 32, was pronounced dead just after 1:30 p.m. Thursday, less than an hour after officers arrived the home he shared with his girlfriend, Jillian Smith, 24.

Police arrested Smith on a charge of second-degree murder. Detectives said the stabbing occurred during a domestic dispute, but did not say what the fight was about.

The young couple had been together for a year, police said.

Officers had been to their home, at 6412 Sixth Ave. N, 11 times this year for domestic issues.

Smith alleged her boyfriend assaulted her three times. He was arrested two of those times.

St. Petersburg police release name of stabbing victim 12/14/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 14, 2012 9:28am]
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