A Richfield woman fatally stabbed her husband in the heart for "wanting to bring another woman into their bedroom," according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.
Amreya Rahmeto Shefa, 40, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with second-degree murder in the Sunday slaying of her husband, Habibi Tesema, 48.
About 5 a.m., police were called to the couple's home at 7338 12th Ave S., where they lived with their 2-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter, on a report of an assault with a knife.
Shefa ran from the home with blood on her hands and arms, "yelling hysterically ... about her husband and her kids," according to the complaint.
Officers coaxed the two children from the home and then found Tesema -- naked and covered in blood -- in a bathtub. He had multiple cuts on his body, and there were two knives in the tub with him, the compliant said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Shefa was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for a cut on her hand. She told hospital staff that her husband stabbed her "because he had been drinking and taking khat," the complaint stated. Khat, made from a shrub cultivated in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, has a stimulant effect when chewed.
However, Shefa later told police she stabbed her husband in the chest and back about 30 times because "he wanted to bring another woman into their bedroom and wished to use a sexual device on her during intercourse," the complaint added.
The Hennepin County medical examiner determined that Tesema died of a cut to the heart.
Shefa was being held without bail in the Hennepin County Jail late Tuesday.
According to the Associated Press, a neighbor said the family is from Ethiopia and moved to Richfield a few years ago.
Tad Vezner can be reached at 651-228-5461 or on Twitter @SPnoir.