‘I think I stabbed him:' St. Paul woman charged in boyfriend's death

A St. Paul woman who apparently gets violent when she drinks has been charged with the second-degree stabbing death of her boyfriend.

Charges allege 47-year-old Sherry Ann Henderson and her boyfriend, Addison Hillard, 46, had been drinking on the evening of May 29 in the couple's apartment on Birmingham Street with a friend. Henderson apparently began to punch Hillard after waking up from a nap when she overheard the friend ask Hillard to let her in after she got coffee at Super America.

The cousin, identified as LW in the complaint, told police Henderson called her the next day around noon about killing him.

"LW later told police that Henderson had called her around noon and said she had done something she would never do. Henderson told LW, "I killed him." Henderson told LW she and Hillard had gotten into it and she thought he was getting ready to come at her. Henderson said she blacked out and stabbed Hillard. When Henderson came to she opened her eyes and saw Hillard slowly falling to the ground," the complaint says.

Police found Hillard under a pile of blankets in the kitchen. He had a puncture wound in his chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"I think I stabbed him," the complaint says Henderson told police when they arrived.

The cousin added Henderson drinks every day and experiences "many personality changes" when drinking. Henderson's daughter told police her mother had a history of abuse pointed at her father as well. She has a lengthy history of domestic violence and disorderly conduct, also involving knives.

Henderson told police Hillard had pushed her, but she didn't know how she and her boyfriend got to the kitchen and "blacked out" many of the events, but she looked down and saw blood on her hands at one point. She admitted she knew he was dead about 20 minutes after the incident but "she wasn't ready to let him go and didn't call police," the complaint says.

Henderson was charged with one count of second-degree murder which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years behind bars.

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