A North Tonawanda woman is behind bars and charged with second degree murder, in the stabbing death of her 24-year-old boyfriend late last night. As YNN's Kate McGowan reports, a family friend said the couple has had a rocky relationship in the past.
NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- "When it hits close to home, you get scared and you don't know what to do," said a North Tonawanda resident.
She didn't want to show her face on camera after learning her family friend, Ralph Stone, was stabbed to death late Wednesday night.
"I know he has a daughter and I feel for him. I feel that, I feel really bad for the girl who's going to grow up not knowing her father because she is really young," she said.
North Tonawanda Police said Jennifer Marchant, 23, stabbed stone in the neck with a six-inch kitchen knife at a house on Oliver Street.
Marchant has been charged with second degree murder.
"He heard the commotion of a man trying to keep himself alive so you walk up there and you see this," explained North Tonawanda Police Chief Randy Szukala. "The officers immediately tried to stop the bleeding but it was a fairly severe cut and quite a bit of bleeding. The fire department arrived and did what they could do for quite some time before the male died right at the apartment."
Chief Szukala said the stabbing stemmed from a domestic dispute, but wouldn't say what that fight was about.
The family friend said the couple had been dating for more than a year, and had a rocky past.
"They were on and off... dating."
Marchant appeared before a judge in North Tonawanda City Court Thursday morning and pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. She is being held in county jail without bail. Her next court appearance is on Monday.
"I think Jenn should pay the full penalty. I think she should go to jail and rot in there," exclaimed the friend.