Woman sent for evaluation after allegedly stabbing husband to death

A woman who allegedly stabbed her husband to death in what began as an argument in a Mission Hill apartment has been sent for psychiatric evaluation following her arraignment in court.

The incident happened just after midnight Friday. According to police and prosecutors, the victim, Collis Edwards, 37 and his wife, 36-year-old Karen Edwards, were in Collis’ mother’s apartment on Wensley Street with two other people when the couple got into an argument.

During the argument, prosecutors allege, Karen Edwards told her husband she was going to stab him, then went to the kitchen and grabbed a “large knife,” and stabbed Collis in the chest. Collis Edwards fled from the apartment onto the street, and Karen Edwards reportedly chased him. When police and EMTs responded to the scene, they found Collis suffering from a stab wound. He died from his injuries at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Karen Edwards, who was reportedly living in Brooklyn but visiting her husband in Boston, allegedly admitted to stabbing Collis after officers arrested her. According to the Boston Globe, blood splattered the building’s door and entryway, and a trail of blood could be seen more than 50 feet from the building.

Police recovered a knife at the scene. After her arrest, Karen Edwards allegedly confessed to stabbing Collis.

The couple had been married for about a year, the Globe reports, and Collis Edwards was the sole caretaker of his 11-month-old baby. Collis Edwards was originally from Guyana, according to his obituary, and he was a father to five children.

At her arraignment, a judge ordered Karen Edwards held without bail. She will also undergo a 20-day psychiatric evaluation at the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center in Boston. A forensic psychologist testified at the arraignment that Edwards “showed ‘very disorganized’ thinking” and could suffer from a psychiatric condition, according to the Boston Herald.

She will return to court on Oct. 27.

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