Girlfriend arrested in St. Marys man’s stabbing death


By Bryan Reynolds - breynolds@limanews.com



Joe Hunter, 56, died after suffering a stab wound to the chest while at his home at 204 Williams St., St. Marys.

Joe Hunter, 56, died after suffering a stab wound to the chest while at his home at 204 Williams St., St. Marys.


Amanda Wilson | The Lima News

Karen D. Fontenot

Karen D. Fontenot


Amanda Wilson | The Lima News

ST. MARYS — A St. Marys man died after being stabbed Wednesday, and his girlfriend has been charged with murder.

St. Marys Rescue Squad responded to a call at 8:16 p.m. Wednesday at 204 Williams St., St. Marys, where members discovered Joe Hunter, 56, of St. Marys, with a stab wound to the chest. The 911 call was made by Jim Mackenbach, the owner of the duplex Hunter was renting one side of and neighbor, at the urging of Karen D. Fontenot, of Dublin.

According to the 911 call obtained from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office dispatch, Mackenbach said, “The lady who was with him just came over and said he was having a seizure.”

At the urging of the dispatcher, he went next door to Hunter’s residence to get more details, and that’s when he mentioned Hunter was bleeding from the chest, said Deputy Steve Stienecker, Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office. During the call, no one discusses a weapon that might have caused a wound.

The dispatcher can be heard asking Mackenbach if he can find where the bleeding is coming from and if he can apply pressure to the wound to control the bleeding.

“Knowing as little as I do about this, I don’t want to touch anything,” Mackenbach is heard saying in response to the request.

A moment later he asks Hunter how the bleeding started. Hunter can be heard responding, in a faint voice, “I don’t know.” Mackenbach then asks Hunter if he fell and Hunter can be heard saying, “Yeah.”

During the entire call, Fontenot can be heard responding to Mackenbach’s instructions and questions, relayed from the 911 dispatcher. Fontenot can be heard saying she’s applying pressure to the wound and a few moments later returning to the room with another towel.

The call lasts about five and a half minutes. Mackenbach hangs up after hearing the approaching sirens of the EMS.

Hunter was transported to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, where he died from the injury.

Hunter had a long criminal history in Auglaize County, starting with a disorderly conduct while intoxicated charge in January 2010 in the Auglaize County Municipal Court while living in Wapakoneta. He was convicted of the charge and ordered to serve community control. According to Auglaize County court records, over the next couple of years Hunter was also convicted of other municipal court charges including resisting arrest, parole violation and two criminal trespass charges.

In 2011, his trouble shifted to the common pleas court when he had a civil stalking protection order filed against him. Than in 2012 he was charged with trafficking in drugs and, later, charged with breaking and entering in 2017. According to common pleas court records, on Jan. 4, Hunter was found to be not competent to stand trial and was ordered by the court to 42 months of treatment administered by the Auglaize County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

No charges for Fontenot could be found in the court records for Auglaize, Franklin, Delaware and Union counties in the municipal or common pleas courts, other than the recent charge of murder.

Fontenot was taken into custody by St. Marys Police Wednesday and is being held in the Auglaize County Jail.

Joe Hunter, 56, died after suffering a stab wound to the chest while at his home at 204 Williams St., St. Marys.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/10/web1_StMarysHomicideHome.jpgJoe Hunter, 56, died after suffering a stab wound to the chest while at his home at 204 Williams St., St. Marys. Amanda Wilson | The Lima News
Karen D. Fontenot
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/10/web1_Karen-D.-Fontenot-2.jpgKaren D. Fontenot Amanda Wilson | The Lima News

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