Bradenton man suspected of stabbing wife to death, remains hospitalized

jdeleon@bradenton.comMay 18, 2013 

— BRADENTON -- A man suspected of stabbing his wife to death before turning the knife on himself remains in the hospital in critical condition as police await his release so that they can officially charge him in her slaying.

Bradenton police intend to charge Sean Mudgett, 41, with stabbing his wife, Karen Mudgett, 31, on Wednesday night at their home on the 2000 block of St. George Drive East, according to police Lt. William Fowler.

"It's unknown when he will be released. He is still in ICU," Fowler said Friday. "Charges are imminent."

Fowler said the injuries have to be serious enough that Sean Mudgett remains in the hospital.

Meanwhile, Karen Mudgett's family has been notified of her death, according to Fowler. Police responded

to the 911 call at 10:22 p.m. Wednesday at the home where the couple resided with his mother.

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

Once on scene, police heard screaming and entered the residence where they found Karen Mudgett with several life-threatening stab wounds to her torso.

When officers found Sean Mudgett, he was stabbing himself.

Both were taken to local hospitals.

Shortly after, Karen Mudgett was pronounced dead at 11:32 p.m.

Karen Mudgett's death marks the fourth homicide of the year in Manatee County and in the city of Bradenton. The Manatee County Homicide Investigative Unit is handling the investigation.

Anyone with information can call Detective Jim Curulla at 941-932-9311.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. Follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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