UPDATE: Father and son charged with murdering fiancée in weekend stabbing

Updated: Sep. 21, 2020 at 3:27 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - A man charged with tampering with evidence in the stabbing death of a Columbus mother has now had his charges upgraded to murder.

37-year-old Emily McDaniel was stabbed to death on Rosewood Dr. late Saturday night. Less than 24 hours later, a 14-year-old was being charged with murder and 44-year-old Joshuah Fredette was being charged with tampering with evidence. Fredette’s charges have now been upgraded to include murder.

Now, police are clarifying the connection between the two suspects and the victim.

Police say that Fredette and is father of the juvenile being charged in the crime and was engaged to McDaniel.

McDaniel lived on Rosewood Dr. with her mother and two children while Fredette and the juvenile lived together in a separate home.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan says he’s awaiting GBI results to see if the multiple stab wounds killed McDaniel or if there were gunshot wounds too.

“It was a very gruesome scene," said Bryan. "When I say multiple, I mean more than a dozen, more than a dozen stab wounds or slashes as we call them. There was a cartridge. One cartridge is all I saw.”

Police say that Fredette was not at the home at the time McDaniel was being murdered.

At least one more arrest is expected in this case, according to police.

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