OPELIKA, Ala. (WTVM) - An Opelika woman is behind bars and facing murder charges after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend.
Officers were called to the 500 block of North Antioch Circle in reference to a domestic dispute at approximately 11:50 p.m. on July 8.
There they found 63-year-old Willie Brooks suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was being taken to East Alabama Medical Center, but was rerouted to a trauma center in Columbus.
While on the way there, Brooks went into cardiac arrest and had to be diverted to the closest hospital, Jack Hughston Hospital in Phenix City where he succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced dead in the emergency room just before 1:30 a.m.
His girlfriend, 54-year-old Carolyn Renee Hunter, was on scene when police arrived and was determined to be the person responsible for the stabbing. She was initially arrested on felony domestic violence and assault charges. Once the victim died, those charges were upgraded to murder.
Hunter is currently being held in the Lee County Jail where she awaits bond.
Anyone with information on this murder is asked to contact Opelika investigators at 334-705-5220.