On the day an accused killer was transferred from a hospital bed to a jail cell in Broward, a candlelight vigil was held in Palm Beach County for his dead wife.
Alrick Oral Brown, 38, made a brief court appearance Wednesday to be charged with murder. He is being held without bond, Broward jail records show.
Dacota Stewart-Dick, 53, was fatally stabbed Sunday morning in their Parkland home in the 12400 block of Northwest 78th Manor, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Students and staff at Palm Beach State College remembered her during a gathering on the Lake Worth campus Wednesday evening. Stewart-Dick worked at the college for three years, helping freshmen adjust to college life, said spokeswoman Dr. Grace Truman.
“The reason [we had] this ceremony is just to give people a chance to let some of those feelings go and grieve a little together,” she said. “It was sad, somber.”
More than 200 people from all four campuses attended the 40-minute vigil.
“We even had a rainbow,” Truman said. “In the beginning it was raining but it stopped and we had a rainbow.”
Earlier in the day, Brown filled out an application to get a public defender to represent him, claiming he had no assets, according to Bob Wills, chief assistant public defender.
Wills said he expected his office to be formally assigned Brown’s case Thursday. He said it was likely that “we’re looking at a case of self-defense.”
Brown had told sheriff’s deputies that during an argument about his wife kissing another man, Stewart-Dick tried to walk away. When he grabbed his wife by her shirt, she stabbed him in the stomach. He got the knife away from her, so she went to the kitchen and got another one, according to the arrest report.
Brown told deputies he grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her and she stabbed him in the neck. He then grabbed the knife out of her hands and began to stab her. She fell to the living room floor and asked what he was doing; he allegedly told her he was stabbing her because she stabbed him first, the report stated.
Brown told deputies that after Stewart-Dick told him she was getting cold, he went to his bedroom, changed his clothes and drank bleach “because he wanted to die with the victim,” detectives said.
After the incident, Brown was taken to Broward Health North in Pompano Beach to be treated for non life-threatening injuries. Deputies said he had a stab wound to his stomach and three small cuts on his neck.
Stewart-Dick was found two hours after she died and had “several defensive stab wounds to her left hand and to both arms,” according to the report. She was also found with a knife in her hand that might have been placed there by Brown after her death, investigators said.
Wills said the public defender’s priority would be to obtain Brown’s medical records from the hospital, as Brown was “injured in this particular incident.”
The couple had lived in their Parkland home for three years and had no history of police calls to their house, sheriff’s officials said.
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