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Pregnant wife charged with murder in her husband’s stabbing death


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Allen County prosecutors have charged the pregnant wife of a Fort Wayne man who was stabbed to death last week with murder.

Jamie Marsee, 24, now faces a single count of murder in the stabbing death of her husband 24-year-old Austin Harrison.

She told investigators Harrison was stabbed when they started fighting for control over a fishing filet knife in the parking lot of Midwest Pipe & Steel on May 14.

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Court documents filed against her revealed some details in the moments that led up to the violence.

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Fort Wayne Police and other first responders were initially called out to a critical injury crash involving a pedestrian in the parking lot of Midwest Pipe & Steel at 2001 E. Pontiac Street.

But when they arrived, police learned 24-year-old Austin Harrison had actually been stabbed, and there was no crash at all.

Police said employees took the man inside their workplace and attempted to save his life.

However medics said he died at the scene.

The Allen County Coroner's Office said Harrison died from a sharp force injury to his chest, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

She's was initially facing domestic battery causing serious bodily injury, aggravated battery and battery with a deadly weapon charge in connection to the case.

However those charges have been upgraded to a single count of murder.

Court documents filed against the woman show the victim had kicked Marsee out of the house earlier that day.

One witness inside Midwest Pipe & Steel told detectives he saw Harrison and Marsee arguing outside his window, and he saw Harrison fall to the ground. This first witness also saw Marsee try to get Harrison up off the ground into her car, but when that didn't work, she left in her vehicle.

Another witness said he was in the breakroom with Harrison as he was yelling into his phone. Not long after that, the second witness heard Harrison yelling more outside.

When this second witness looked outside, he saw both Harrison and Marsee yelling at each other, and Harrison chasing Marsee around vehicles in the parking lot.

The second witness said he went outside to break up the argument and found Harrison had Marsee in a bear hug from behind.

When the second witness separated the pair, Harrison put his hand over his bleeding chest.

That's when Harrison feel to his hands and knees.

A third witness said she heard Marsee tell her, "Oh my god, I think I killed Austin," court documents detail.

Another witness said she overhead Marsee saying "I didn't mean to."

Detectives interviewed Marsee who said they had been arguing earlier in the day and Harrison told her to get out.

Marsee told police she was going to leave for the night but wanted the carseat for her kids so she went to Harrison's workplace to get it.

She called Harrison and said she was out in the parking lot, and when he came out, he was extremely upset.

Marsee told police Harrison took the carseat out of his car and tossed it.

She told police this made her furious, so she went to the trunk of her SUV and got a tackle box where she knew she had a fishing filet knife.

Marsee said she stabbed Harrison's tire, and that's when he put her in a bear hug, spinning them around.

According to Marsee, both of them had their hands on the knife and were struggling for control.

She indicated to police that she told Harrison she was going to let go and when she did, Harrison stabbed himself in the chest.

"After other employees tried to give him lifesaving maneuvers, they were not successful in doing so, so he was pronouned dead at the scene," said Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena with Fort Wayne police.

Marsee said it wasn't until Harrison walked away and fell to the ground that she realized he had a knife in his chest.

That's when she ran up to him, grabbed the knife and pulled it out. She said she started to help him.

The owner of Midwest Pipe and Steel told us, the events at his business were very unsettling to the workforce present, and that professional counseling will be offered to workers who want it.

Marsee is due in court Friday for a hearing.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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