Lexington woman charged in stabbing death of boyfriend

jwarren@herald-leader.comOctober 3, 2013 

A Lexington woman is facing a murder charge in the stabbing death of her boyfriend early Thursday.

The Fayette County coroner's office has identified the victim as Antonio Epps, 41. Epps was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, the coroner's office said.

It confirmed that Epps died of injuries from being stabbed. An autopsy is scheduled Friday in Frankfort.

Police charged Melinda Dawn Morgan, 34, with murder soon after beginning an investigation into the case.

Morgan called 911 about 5:30 a.m. Thursday to report that a stabbing had occurred, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

"From the information I have, she made the initial call indicating that her boyfriend had been stabbed," Roberts said. "Following an interview with her, we were able to develop probable cause to charge her."

Roberts said officers arrived at the scene to find Epps with a stab wound to the upper chest.

Morgan and Epps were living together on Laredo Drive in Lexington, had been involved in a "long-term romantic relationship" and had two children together, according to Roberts.

The two young children were in the apartment during the stabbing but were unharmed, police said.

Morgan and Epps have been charged with crimes several times dating to the 1990s, with the most serious offenses involving Epps, according to court records and newspaper reports.

In 1998, he was charged with second-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault and first degree wanton endangerment in connection with a one-car wreck on Russell Cave Road. Police said Epps was driving drunk when the wreck occurred. A female passenger died and two men were injured.

Epps was charged with second-degree rape in 1993. At other times he was charged with failing to comply with the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry and being a persistent felony offender.

Morgan has been charged with a number of misdemeanors, including carrying a concealed deadly weapon in 2000, theft by unlawful taking and selling alcohol to a minor.

Roberts said Thursday afternoon that police have no record of previous domestic disputes between Morgan and Epps. She said neighbors told investigators they had heard some disputes between the two in the past, but those incidents apparently never were reported to police.

Officers spent most of the day Thursday interviewing neighbors, and the department's forensic services unit processed the scene, according to Roberts. She also said police interviewed relatives of the Morgan and Epps, but she declined to discuss any information they collected.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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