Authorities on Thursday charged a Kansas City man with second-degree murder following the death of a woman who was stabbed nine times last week.
Jackson County prosecutors also charged James E. Bell, 56, with one count of armed criminal action.
According to court documents, officers responded to a cutting last Friday in the 2800 block of East 77th Street. They found a woman bleeding from numerous injuries about the neck.
At the hospital, the victim told detectives that she had picked up Bell, her boyfriend, to give him a ride. When he asked why she was no longer calling him, she said she wanted to end their relationship.
Bell, the victim told police, then asked for one last hug. The victim agreed.
That is when, according to court documents, Bell began hitting her in the back of the neck. The victim first thought Bell was using his fist, but began to see blood, the documents said.
Bell then left the car, and the victim was able to drive to a residence on East 77th Street, where someone assisted her, the court filing said. When he asked what had happened, the victim said that “Popeye” had stabbed her.
Other witnesses later told officers that Bell went by the nickname “Popeye.”
The victim, who according to doctors had received nine stab wounds, died Wednesday. The Jackson County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide, saying the victim died of organ failure due to multiple sharp-force injuries to the neck and upper torso.
Prosecutors did not release her name.
Bell turned himself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon. Bond has been set at $250,000.
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