Woman charged with homicide after man killed in New Richmond Saturday

A 53-year-old woman is the lone suspect in the death of a 48-year-old man Saturday morning at a home in New Richmond.
Marian Smith
Marian Smith(St. Croix County Jail)
Published: Aug. 29, 2022 at 2:10 PM CDT
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NEW RICHMOND, Wis. (WEAU) - A 53-year-old woman was charged with homicide on Monday in St. Croix County Court for the death of a 48-year-old man in a New Richmond home on Saturday morning.

Marian Kaitlyn Smith of New Richmond was charged with 1st-degree intentional homicide and two counts of resisting or obstructing an officer during an initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

According to a release from the New Richmond Police Department, 48-year-old Shaun Lewis, Smith’s fiancé, was found on the floor inside of a residence on the 600 block of North 2nd Street in New Richmond with multiple puncture wounds. Life-saving efforts by first responders were not successful and Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene. St. Croix County Dispatch had been called at 6:03 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 by Smith about a person that needed medical attention at a home on North 2nd Street.

In documents filed in court with the charges, first responders noted that the scene had been partly cleaned of blood prior to law enforcement arriving at the residence. Smith told police she attempted CPR and that she had argued with Lewis that morning when Lewis was doing dishes early in the morning. Smith said that they fought over a knife, and that Lewis fell on it during the fight. An autopsy found that Lewis had two stab wounds and that his cause of death was homicide.

The address is the same home address listed for Smith in online court records.

Investigators believe the death was an isolated domestic incident and the public is not in danger at this time, according to the release. There are no other suspects sought or in custody.

Smith is being held on a $500,000 cash bond at the St. Croix County Jail with conditions that she not contact the victim’s family or the witness, Smith has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday, Sep. 2, according to online court records.

Assisting the New Richmond Police Department were St. Croix County Dispatch, St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department, Hudson Police Department, River Falls Police Department, New Richmond EMS and the St. Croix County Medical Examiner.