Police: 'American Idol' sparked stabbing

Jan. 28, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Florida police said they arrested a woman who allegedly stabbed and severely burned her boyfriend after an argument over "American Idol."

St. Petersburg police spokeswoman Jennifer Dawkins said Cynthia Bettis-Ware, 52, and Kevin Johnson, 47, began arguing about the events on "American Idol" while watching the Fox program Tuesday at the Empress Motel, which they list as their permanent address, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Thursday.

Dawkins said Johnson changed the channel to stop the fighting and went to bed and that Bettis-Ware insisted on continuing the argument.

Dawkins said Johnson awokeas Bettis-Ware stabbed him five times in the back and twice in the chest with a butter knife. She also severely burned him with hot cocoa before he managed to take the knife and run from the motel room.

Bettis-Ware chased Johnson with a second knife until a crowd formed outside and she went back into the room, where police arrested her, Dawkins said. She was charged with first-degree attempted murder and held at the Pinellas County jail without bail.

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