Suspect in Bradenton slaying out of intensive care

rdymond@bradenton.comMay 21, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Charges are imminent against a 41-year-old Bradenton man who police believe stabbed his wife to death and then knifed himself Wednesday.

Sean Mudgett was removed from intensive care at Blake Medical Center where he has been watched by officers the last seven days. As soon as he is well enough to be moved, he will charged in the death of Karen Mudgett, Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski said Monday.

"We are anxiously waiting to end the 24-hour guard detail and take the suspect to the Manatee County jail's medical unit," Radzilowski said. "But I was briefed Monday morning and he is still not ready to be moved so charges have not yet been filed."

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

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 reportedly 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 stabbing himself.

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

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.

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

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