Woman Pleads Guilty to Fatally Stabbing Boyfriend 20 Times

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A Baltimore woman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend during an Aug. 23 hearing before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Videtta Brown

Susan King, 57, was charged with first-degree murder, having a deadly weapon with the intent to injure, and second-degree attempted escape from custody in relation to an incident on July 11, 2019, where she fatally stabbed her boyfriend, 64-year-old Frank McNeil, 20 times. 

Police interviewed King after the incident. She admitted to “accidentally” stabbing McNeil during an argument, at which point the police arrested her.

Authorities said King escaped from her handcuffs and ran away from a detective before being apprehended again. 

King accepted a plea of 40 years for second-degree murder and two concurrent three-year sentences for having a deadly weapon and the attempted escape. 

After the agreement was accepted, King’s defense attorney Natalie Finegar said her client is homeless and has been dealing with longstanding mental health issues, including schizophrenia.

Finegar also said there was another side of the story, but it wouldn’t be presented because of the plea deal. 

McNeil’s son mentioned that this deal allowed for a sense of finality and resolution in this case. 

King will receive credit for time served, beginning on Aug. 2, 2019.

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