Police arrested Kimberly (Owens) Wilder on Thursday for the murder of Kenneth McMillian.
Wilder, 39, was charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence.
According to Kentucky State Police Det. Michael Cornett, Wilder caused the death of McMillian, 30, of Tremont, and it is alleged that she attempted to conceal physical evidence.
Cornett said McMillian was Wilder's live-in boyfriend. McMillian and Wilder resided in a trailer at Tremont. Cornett said McMillian sustained fatal stab wounds during an alleged domestic dispute with Wilder.
Johnson Life Care Ambulance Service responded to 29 Tremont Hill on Sept. 30. after Kentucky State Police Post 10 received a 911 call from a woman saying she had come home and found her boyfriend lying on the floor in the bedroom not breathing, according to emergency personnel.
The call came in around 11:45 a.m. for Kentucky State Police to respond to the residence. McMillian was found dead in the home.
The ambulance service was first to arrive at the home. Medical personnel entered the residence and found a body.
The ambulance staff contacted the state police and Harlan County Coroner Philip Bianchi.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Bianchi.
McMillian's body was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy to try to help police determine the cause of death.
The medical examiner's report revealed McMillian was stabbed four times, two to the front of the upper torso and two to the back of the upper torso, according to the autopsy.
According to court records at the Harlan County Clerk's Office, Wilder has been charged with several assaults pertaining to domestic violence over the years beginning in 1999, all of which have been dismissed by the complaining parties. Wilder was sentenced to one year in prison in Harlan Circuit Court during June of 2003 for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
Wilder was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center Thursday night after she was arrested by Cornett. She was held without bond. She appeared before District Judge Phillip Hamm on Friday for arraignment and pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Her bond did not change. A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 18.