Investigators’ court filings tell more about fatal stabbing Wednesday morning

When medics rushing the dying man to the hospital asked him whether he had stabbed himself, his answer was clear: “My old lady did it.”

That’s part of investigators’ account of the death of Dexter Eckwood, 45, of the 4900 block of Northcrest Drive, contained in court documents filed to support charges of aggravated battery and domestic battery against Kathleen Gale Theriot, 49.

Fort Wayne Police officers were dispatched to the home where Eckwood and Theriot lived at 3:33 a.m. Wednesday in response to a report of a stabbing. They found Eckwood with a fatal stab wound to the left side of his chest. Doctors who treated Eckwood later told police that he had two stab wounds, both in the left side of his chest.

Police said that when they questioned Theriot about the stabbing, she gave varying accounts of what happened. In one, she said Eckwood had made her grab the handle of a knife, then pulled the knife straight into his belly. Later she told police that she was about 10 feet away when Eckwood started to stab himself. She ran to him but couldn’t reach him in time to prevent him from harming himself.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office determined that he died from the stab wounds and that his death was a homicide, the 25th homicide this year in Allen County.