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A Bride-to-Be and Her Fiance Celebrated. Hours Later, Death

Jacqueline Souza charged with 2nd-degree murder after pair allegedly argued over infidelity
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2018 1:52 PM CDT
Jacqueline Souza.   (Colorado Springs Police)

(Newser) – After leaving a celebration of the couple's pending nuptials, a bride-to-be fatally stabbed her fiance over a potential wedding guest, according to police. Jacqueline Souza, 31, called 911 from a home in Colorado Springs shortly after midnight Saturday, soon after leaving a local bar. When authorities arrived, they found a bloody steak knife on a kitchen table near Souza's 33-year-old fiance, Brandon Watkins, who was unresponsive on the floor, per KKTV. He was pronounced dead at the scene, reports KRDO. Souza then admitted the couple had been fighting about whether to extend a wedding invite to a woman with whom Watkins had an affair, police say. Watkins was all for the idea, but Souza, suspecting the affair was ongoing, apparently wasn't a fan. Still, she initially denied any involvement in her fiance's death.

First, police say Souza claimed to have returned from the bathroom to find Watkins with a knife sticking out of his chest, per the Colorado Springs Gazette. Claiming a sliding glass door was ajar, Souza raised the possibility of an intruder, then said Watkins might have stabbed himself, police say. Finally, she allegedly said Watkins had grabbed her by the throat and held a knife to her face after she accused him of cheating with multiple women. Police say Souza claimed she pushed Watkins in the chest and he fell into the knife. Despite that, authorities found a bruise "roughly the size of the butt end or finger grip portion of a steak knife" on Souza's right hand. She has since been charged with second-degree murder. A neighbor tells KKTV: "To find out that kind of emotion could lead to that result, it's sad." The couple planned to wed in Las Vegas. (Read more murder stories.)

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