WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A woman from Worcester charged in the deadly stabbing of her live-in boyfriend has been ordered by a judge to undergo a mental health evaluation.
Stephanie Fernandes is charged with manslaughter and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the slaying of her boyfriend of five years, Andrew Wagner, who is originally from West Springfield.
Prosecutors say the 31-year-old Fernandes stabbed Wagner at about 11 p.m. Wednesday during an argument. He died at a nearby hospital
She was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, but it was postponed until after her 20-day evaluation.
Fernandes’ lawyer tells The Telegram & Gazette that some preliminary evidence points to self-defense.
A neighbor says the couple had recently moved into the home and planned a summer wedding.
Wagner had worked as a corrections officer in Connecticut.