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Woman in stabbing case faces new felonies

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January 28, 2014 | 11:13 AM
The Walworth County District Attorney’s Office recently filed two new criminal charges against a 41-year-old Lake Geneva woman who is accused of stabbing her live-in boyfriend in the shoulder with a kitchen knife on Jan. 23 during a domestic dispute.

Michelle C. Meinen, 1120 Wells St., Apt. 4, was charged with first-degree reckless injury and battery, both felonies included domestic abuse enhancers.

As a condition of her bond, Meinen was court ordered not to consume alcohol. However, she is accused of violating that condition on Nov. 20 and Jan. 12 in Lake Geneva. On Jan. 20, she was charged with two counts of felony bail jumping.

If convicted of all counts, Meinen faces up to 43 years imprisonment and $130,000 in fines.

After the June 23 incident, Jonathan P. Giese was transported to Lakeland Medical Center for treatment. However, after his lung collapsed as a result of the stabbing, he was flown by Flight For Life to Froedert Hospital, Wauwatosa, according to the criminal complaint.

In the stabbing case, Meinen is scheduled for a March jury trial. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

After the incident, the Bloomfield Police Department issued a press release stating police would refer criminal charges against both Meinen and Giese.

The Bloomfield police referred charges to prosecutors against Giese for misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct and felony strangulation and suffocation.

However, the Walworth County District Attorney’s office hasn’t filed charges against Giese.

Meinen is in custody on a $1,000 cash bond.

According to the criminal complaint on the bail jumping charges:

On Nov. 20, police went to Meinen’s apartment. Meinen said she had been drinking and had a blood alcohol level of 0.26.

On Jan. 12, police went to Meinen’s apartment, and she had slurred speech, and bloodshot eyes. She told police she had been drinking.

According to the criminal complaint on the stabbing:

At 9:45 p.m. police responded to the home after receiving a report of a stabbing. The officer met Giese in the driveway, and Giese’s shirt was soaked in blood. He told police that he had been stabbed.

The officer lifted up Giese’s shirt and saw a stab wound that was about two inches long. Inside of the home, police spoke to Meinen, who said she used a kitchen knife to stab Giese.

Meinen told police she had washed the knife, and she didn’t remember which knife she used. Police reported that Meinen smelled of alcohol and that her eyes were bloodshot and glassy.

A witness told police that Giese had called him on the phone. While on the phone with Giese, the witness heard Giese and Meinen arguing.

The witness also heard Meinen threaten to stab Giese and Giese reply “go ahead and stab me.” He then heard Giese say “Augh,” as if he was in pain, before he hung up the phone.

Between five to 10 minutes later, the witness received a call from Meinen, who said the police were outside and that she was probably going to jail.

On June 25, Investigator Lori Domino interviewed Meinen. Meinen said that she and Giese had been arguing.

Meinen said that Giese picked up a pan of water off of the stove and threw it across the room.

Meinen said she thought she nicked Giese with the knife.


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