CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man's family said they tried to persuade him for years to leave his girlfriend and their turbulent relationship, fearing that one day she would severely injure him.
Police said his girlfriend stabbed him in the chest late last week; he later died in the hospital.
Stacy Marie McCormick, 30, was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend, David Snyder, 52.
At about 4 p.m. Thursday, Charleston Police responded to a stabbing call at 1506 Washington Ave. and met with Snyder, who was wounded in the upper portion of his chest, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
McCormick, when questioned, told police she stabbed her boyfriend during a domestic dispute, the complaint states.
Paramedics took Snyder to CAMC General Hospital, where he was treated; he was released Sunday morning. He returned Sunday evening and died of several blood clots in his lung, said Marsha Snyder, his sister.
Marsha Snyder said McCormick and her brother had been together "on again, off again" for nearly a decade.
McCormick had been arrested and charged with malicious wounding and battery against Snyder in 2007. Snyder also filed an emergency domestic violence petition in October 2011 against McCormick, court records show.
Snyder would complain of McCormick hitting him with blunt objects and she had tried to stab him before, Marsha Snyder said. Their mother questioned how he got a large knot on his head when she visited on his birthday last year.
"He said, 'She took a golf club and hit me, Mommy,'" according to Marsha Snyder.
McCormick has a young daughter, and Marsha Snyder said her brother felt sorry for both mother and child. He would forgive McCormick after every fight because he didn't want the young girl to end up like her mother, she said.