ST. PETERSBURG — A 47-year-old woman told authorities her boyfriend assaulted her with a box cutter, so she grabbed a knife and fatally stabbed him Thursday.
Annanay Teaheartt of St. Petersburg faces a second-degree murder charge, St. Petersburg police said.
Officers responded to 3134 Queensboro Ave. S around 1:30 a.m. Teahartt's boyfriend, 45-year-old Demetrius Antonio Burns, had an apparent stab wound. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he died at 6:42 a.m.
Investigators think Teaheartt and Burns had argued earlier in the night and that a verbal dispute escalated to physical violence.
The couple had a history of legal issues, according to police. Since 2010, Teaheartt had been arrested five times in connection with alleged assaults upon Burns, a St. Petersburg police spokesman said. Three of those cases were classified as felonies.
In December of 2011, Burns faced a felony battery charge for an incident involving Teaheartt, police said.
Teaheartt claimed that Burns hit her Thursday, and police said she had a minor lip injury.
Teahartt told officers that Burns had attacked her with the box cutter outside, so she went inside, grabbed a knife and stabbed him when she was back outside.
No box cutter was found at the scene, police said.
Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Zachary T. Sampson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8804. Twitter: @zacksampson.