Woman charged in connection to fatal Barron County stabbing

Melanie Kuula Photo: Barron County, Wisconsin
Melanie Kuula

Updated: August 14, 2019 03:06 PM

A woman has been charged in connection to a fatal stabbing that occurred over the weekend in Barron County, Wisconsin, according to court records.

A criminal complaint states Melanie Kuula faces one count of second-degree intentional homicide. 


According to the complaint, authorities were called at about 4:20 p.m. to the 200 block of Soo Avenue East on the report of a stabbing. 

The complaint said a caller told police that his neighbor told him she had stabbed her boyfriend. 

When officers arrived, they located a man, later identified as Brett Bents, who was later pronounced dead. The medical examiner later told investigators that Bents died due to a stab wound. 

According to the complaint, Kuula told multiple neighbors that she had caught her boyfriend engaged in a sexual act with another woman and that she stabbed him. In an interview with police, Kuula confirmed what the neighbors had told police. 

If found guilty, Kuula could face up to 60 years in prison.

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