Police: Woman charged with murder after boyfriend stabbed to death

by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:

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MONROE, N.C. - Residents in a Monroe apartment complex are rattled after a stabbing left one man dead.

"It's hitting to close to home. This is a nice street, we know a lot of the people," said neighbor Michael Stephenson.

Stephenson said he didn't know his next-door neighbor had been arrested on a charge of first-degree murder until police knocked on his door.

"I hate something had to come to that," Stephenson said.

Police said it appeared a "small disagreement" between Katondra Tillman and her on-again, off-again boyfriend William "Tyrone" Sturdivant ended when she picked up a 10-inch long kitchen knife and plunged it into his upper chest.

Officers said when they arrived, they found William Sturdivant, 38, with a stab wound to the chest.
 
Investigators said Sturdivant was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Union, then airlifted to CMC Main, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators spent Wednesday reviewing evidence seized from Tillman's apartment and searching for a clear motive.

"This is our third homicide of the year. The number is alarming and we don't want this type of activity in Monroe," said city spokesman Pete Hovanec.

Tillman will remain in the Union County Jail without bond until her first court appearance on May 14.