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Fargo man fatally stabbed near groin following fight over 'other women', charges say

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Terin Rene Stately
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FARGO — A woman accused of murder in the death of her boyfriend early Saturday, May 30, told police she and her boyfriend got in a fight after she raised concerns about other women.

Terin Rene Stately, 32, of Fargo, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder and booked into the Cass County Jail in connection with the death of Keanen Joseph Poitra, 27, of Fargo.

Police said Poitra was fatally stabbed during a disturbance in the 1600 block of 33rd Avenue South about 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found Poitra with a serious stab wound. Poitra was then taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.


Stately initially told investigators she didn't know what happened to Poitra, who police found bleeding heavily in a hallway outside of Stately's apartment, according to documents filed in Cass County District Court.

After police told Stately they had found a bloody knife in her apartment and that Poitra had died, Stately changed her story several times before saying what happened, documents said.

Stately told police she grabbed a steak knife from her kitchen and thrust it at Poitra when he got close, according to the court documents, which said hospital staff told police Poitra suffered a stab wound near his groin that severed an artery and caused severe bleeding.

Stately was charged Monday with one count of murder. She is accused of causing Poitra's death by stabbing him.

The court set conditions of release at $1 million, bond or bail. Her next court appearance is scheduled for July 8.

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