Husband charged with stabbing death of wife in new home
During the past several years, James and Marsella Lippert of Hampton visited Myrtle Beach, S.C., a number of times and came to like the area so much that about a year ago they decided to move there with their two young children.
But on Nov. 21, whatever dreams the Lipperts had of making a new life in the coastal resort ended in violence.
About 8:40 p.m., Horry County officers responding to a domestic violence call in Myrtle Beach's Carolina Forest community say they were met by James E. Lippert Jr., 48, who had blood on his clothing and hands, police said.
Lippert told officers that he had just killed his wife, according to investigators, who found Marsella, 39, with "severe facial trauma and what appeared to be several stab wounds throughout her chest area," according to a police report.
Lippert was arrested and charged the following day with murdering his wife, according to police. He is in jail without bail.
"They really liked the (Myrtle Beach) area, " said Tammy Butcher, Marsella's sister. "They thought it was a good place to open a business and raise their children."
Butcher of Mt. Hope, W.Va., said her brother-in-law had recently opened a restaurant — Lunchbox 'n' at — and was involved in the restaurant business while living in the Pittsburgh area.
Butcher declined to comment on the couple's relationship.
"We are all deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy," Butcher said in a statement. "Marcy was a devoted and loving mother to two beautiful young girls and a sister to four siblings.
"The family is completely shocked by this news, but we are confident that the investigation will bring justice to our loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She will be sadly missed by all."
Butcher said neighbors cared for the Lipperts' 5- and 8-year-old daughters until relatives could pick them up.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Rutherford hits jackpot with Kessel
- 2B Walker, Pirates smash through Tigers pitching in road victory
- Rossi: Wild Wednesday proves Steelers rule
- Penguins notebook: Rutherford proves savvy in deal
- Penguins get their man in making trade with Toronto for Kessel
- Steelers submit application to play host to Super Bowl in 2023
- Pirates notebook: Cole cool about hostile comment
- Donora-Webster bridge plunges into Mon River after 107 years
- Second Blair County friar commits suicide in province under sex abuse investigation
- Ligonier Township officer’s widow to file civil suit
- FBI searching for Homestead man indicted for sex trafficking in children