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Fatal stabbing in Amherst Township shrouded in mystery


AMHERST TWP. — A stabbing at a trailer park Tuesday evening left one woman dead, one man in the hospital and a litany of unanswered questions.

Steven Bullard, 49, was in fair condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on Wednesday. Monica Freedman, 24, was taken to EMH Amherst Hospital on Tuesday night where she died from her injuries as medics were preparing to transport her to MetroHealth, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department.

Both suffered wounds from a brutal stabbing that unfolded at Bullard’s trailer on the northernmost part of Amherst Trail, a trailer park off state Route 113, about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

That evening, Bullard’s neighbors, Debbie Carr and Ashley Carr, said the 49-year-old came to their door, bleeding from stab wounds to the back, stomach and arm. Bullard told his neighbors he was stabbed in his trailer by Freedman during an attempted robbery. He said there was an unidentified man dressed in black also involved in the robbery.

Despite Bullard’s claim, police haven’t found any evidence of an unidentified suspect, according to Sgt. Randal Koubek of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department responded to the area Tuesday evening to find Bullard injured but still able to talk with police outside of his trailer. Bullard told police that he didn’t know whether Freedman was still in the trailer but that an assailant could have run from the scene.

When they entered the trailer, deputies found Freedman suffering from serious injuries as a result of a stabbing. She was taken to EMH Amherst Hospital on Tuesday, where she died from her injuries about midnight.

“It’s very sad,” neighbor Theresa Jones said, adding that she had seen Freedman in the neighborhood many times. “There’s a lot of coming and going (at Bullard’s house).”

Jones was one of the first neighbors who heard the screams at the time of the stabbing.

She said she stepped out on her front porch to look across the road at Bullard’s trailer, where she could see movement in the dark.

“I couldn’t make out what he was yelling, but it was very loud,” Jones said.

As the night unfolded and Amherst Trail residents began to understand what happened, community confusion was replaced by fear.

“It’s a little scary,” Don Ebbeson said. Ebbeson didn’t go outside but he lives close to Bullard’s trailer and heard the incident while it was going on.

“It was scary last night because we didn’t know if there was a third person,” Jones said, speaking to Bullard’s claim that a third unidentified suspect was involved in the incident. “It’s an eerie thought to know something like that is going on under your nose.”

Police are still investigating the events surrounding Tuesday evening. Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans is scheduled to complete an autopsy of Freedman today.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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