Love Gone Wrong

On February 25, 1991, Michael Ewart went to a local grocery store to meet with his wife, Melissa, whom he was separated from. The purpose was to exchange custody of their child. Melissa was accompanied by Gary Jenkins. According to Ewart, some words were exchanged between Jenkins and himself and Ewart then proceeded to stab Melissa 15 times, killing her.

The grocery store was directly across the street from the city police station. He managed to flee the scene but was arrested and charged with first degree murder. At his trial it was argued that it was not a premeditated attack and that Ewart should not be found guilty on that charge. The prosecutor argued that Jenkins was the one who provoked Ewart, yet Ewart attacked Melissa and stabbed her to death, not Jenkins. Ewart claims he remembered Melissa pushing him against his truck and Jenkins coming toward him yelling.

He was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.

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