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Columbus, Georgia man charged with murdering wife after fight

By meerna Jul11,2024
Columbus, Georgia man charged with murdering wife after fight

Chasity Dean was stabbed outside the Elizabeth Canty Homes complex at 2000 Cusseta Road.

Chasity Dean spent months calling a domestic violence shelter in Columbus and telling one of the workers she needed to leave her husband.

After getting a protection order from him and moving into another apartment, she said she finally felt ready to move on and raise her child without him.

She was stabbed to death outside her apartment on Friday. Her husband was charged with murder and had a preliminary hearing in a court of record Wednesday morning.

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Kyle Dean, 20, has pleaded not guilty in court to five felony charges in connection with the murder of Dean, 20. The charges include murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a felony, attempted kidnapping and infanticide or causing the death of an unborn child by injuring the mother.

Columbus Police Corporal Kevin Baldwin testified that police were dispatched to Elizabeth Canty Homes Friday afternoon after residents reported seeing a woman stabbed in front of their apartment.

Police arrived at the scene and found Chasity with a stab wound to her right chest, according to Baldwin. She was taken to a nearby hospital and was found to be about 13 weeks pregnant. Chasity and her unborn child died later that day at the hospital.

Baldwin said Kyle Dean was videotaped attacking Chasity, trying to “force her off the porch to come with him.” He testified that Kyle put her in a chokehold and knocked her to the ground, where he stabbed her.

Baldwin said police recorded Kyle driving away from the scene in his car and used his license plate number to track him to Lee County, where he was arrested Sunday.

Judge David Ranieri found probable cause to continue the case and send it to Superior Court. Kyle will be held without bail.

History of abuse

Baldwin said Chasity’s death was preceded by a heated argument in which Kyle was the “primary aggressor.” He stated that Kyle “fully confessed” to Chasity’s murder in an interview with police, saying he was “angry because she wouldn’t go outside with him.”

Baldwin said Kyle had a “history of violence” and that Chasity lived next door rather than with Kyle because she was “scared” of him.

Crystal Sund, an attorney with Hope Harbor, a domestic violence shelter in Columbus, testified in court that she helped Chasity get into the shelter after her second call.

Sund said she also helped Chasity get a one-year protective order from Kyle. She said Chasity sought help from a shelter before she died.

“She was excited to have a fresh start,” Sund said. “She was thrilled to have a second chance at life away from Mr. Dean.”

If you or someone you know needs help with domestic violence, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233.

This story was originally published Jul 10, 2024 1:14 PM.

By meerna

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