Woman Dies Trying to Stop Family Sword Fight

Grandson charged with murder after bizarre altercation
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2009 11:05 AM CDT
A police car is seen outside of Franziska Stegbauer's house.   (WISH-TV)

(Newser) – A woman is dead in Indianapolis after trying to stop her grandson and brother-in-law from fighting with swords early this morning, the Star reports. Christopher Rondeau, 39, faces preliminary murder charges after 77-year-old Franziska Stegbauer was stabbed in an altercation between him and Adolf Stegbauer, 69. Authorities are unsure if she died from wounds or of a heart attack; Rondeau and Adolf Stegbauer remain hospitalized.