A 50-year-old Federal Way woman who was jailed last week for allegedly stabbing her husband to death was ordered released today pending ongoing investigation, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
The woman was arrested Wednesday on investigation of second-degree murder in the death of her husband, Eric Winters, 52, and held in lieu of $500,000 bail. According to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, Winters died of stab wounds to the chest.
Donohoe declined further comment about the woman’s release, saying that the investigation was ongoing.
According to a statement of probable cause outlining the police case, Winters’ 50-year-old wife told Federal Way police she called 911 Wednesday evening to report she had accidentally stabbed her husband. Her husband, who she suspected had been drinking, came home and the two began a heated discussion about their home mortgage, the statement says.
She said she went into the kitchen to cut up frozen chicken for dinner when Winters walked up behind her. She turned around and accidentally stabbed him, she told police.
The woman’s son, who was sleeping at the house, told police he heard his stepfather come home, slam the door and begin arguing with his mother, the statement says. He saw his mother armed with a kitchen knife and she was telling Winters to leave the house, it says.
The son “attempted to separate the two by putting his body in between them,” but Winters went around him and Winters “was with the knife,” the statement says.
Winters was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Federal Way Police Department.