Bradenton woman stabbed to death; husband suspected

jdeleon@bradenton.comMay 17, 2013 

BRADENTON -- A 31-year-old Bradenton woman was stabbed to death Wednesday and the husband was in the hospital Thursday, with charges in the works, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

Karen Mudgett was pronounced dead at 11:32 p.m. Wednesday after being stabbed multiple times, according to police.

"Charges are imminent," police Lt. William Fowler said.

Police responded to a 911 call at 10:22 p.m. Wednesday at the 2000 block of St. George Drive.

"The 911 caller advised that Mr. Sean Mudgett was stabbing  his wife, Mrs. Karen Mudgett, with a knife," police reported.

Police officers reported they heard screaming upon arrival at the scene. Inside the residence they found Karen Mudgett with multiple, life-threatening wounds to her upper torso.

She was immediately taken to a hospital but her injuries were too severe.

Police reportedly found Sean Mudgett, 41, stabbing himself.

"Mudgett is still in intensive care but is expected to recover," Fowler said. 

Sean's Mudgett mother, Diane Mudgett, owns and lives in the home but it is unclear if she called 911.

Police must wait to charge Sean Mudgett until he recovers sufficiently to be taken into custody.

"Upon his release he will probably be charged, but it is still being investigated," Fowler said.

Karen Mudgett's death marks the fourth homicide of the year in Manatee County and in the city of Bradenton. Bradenton had four homicides all last year

The Manatee County Homicide Investigative Unit, which has handled the other three homicides, has taken over the investigation.

Anyone with information on the ongoing investigation is asked to call Detective Jim Curulla at 941-932-9311.

Jessica De Leon, Law Enforcement Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter at@JDeLeon1012.

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