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Daughter charged in father's stabbing death

| Thursday, May 10, 2012, 6:27 p.m.

A Fayette County man was stabbed to death by his daughter Friday morning on the porch of his home in a dispute over money, police said.

Kim Lee Straughters, 29, of 602 Lenhart Ave., Irwin, allegedly stabbed her father, Robert E. Davis, 53, of 355 Cleveland Ave. Ext., North Union Township, three times in the neck with such force that the knife broke off in his body.

"I killed my daddy," Straughters said to police when they arrived to investigate. She also confessed in writing, according to authorities.

State police said her clothes were too blood-drenched for her to wear them to her arraignment.

A physical altercation over money precipitated the 9 a.m. attack, according to a statement Straughters made to police. "According to the accused, her father asked her for money. She did not have any, and the victim yelled at her. The victim then punched the accused in the face several times," stated a news release issued by authorities.

"What's going to happen to me?" Straughters asked reporters at her arraignment. She has been receiving treatment for depression, according to court records.

Straughters was arraigned before North Union Township District Justice Deberah Kula on a single count of criminal homicide and placed in the Fayette County Prison without bond.

According to police, Davis was sitting on his porch drinking beer with Ruben A. Davis when Straughters came out of her father's home with a knife and attacked him.

Straughters has a number of less-serious convictions noted in Westmoreland County criminal court records.

Greensburg police arrested Straughters on May 28, 2000, at the police station for yelling obscenities at them after her friend was arrested outside Manhattan's Bar and Grill.

After Straughters was handcuffed, she told an officer, "You'll get yours," then spit on him and swore at him. The officer subdued her with pepper spray. She later kicked and dented an evidence cabinet.

In December 2000, she was accepted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first-time offenders for two years. But that was revoked in November 2002 after she was arrested three times, according to court records.

The first case cited is a drunken driving arrest in Allegheny County. Straughters served 48 hours in jail in January of 2002 and was given one years' probation, beginning in April of that year.

She was arrested by Jeannette police on January 10, 2002, for assaulting Amber Jackson.

Jackson told police that she went to Trigona's Bar on Clay Avenue to use the restroom when Straughters hit her in the face with a large beer glass. Witnesses corroborated Jackson's story.

Straughters pleaded guilty to an amended count of simple assault and was sentenced to two years' probation in October 2002.

On March 21, 2002, Straughters was arrested by state police in Greensburg after she backed into another vehicle on Lenhart Drive in Hempfield Township. Police said she appeared intoxicated and smelled of alcohol; however, she refused a blood-alcohol test several times. After she was taken to the state police barracks, Straughters urinated on the restroom floor.

On May 17, 2002, Straughters pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, disorderly conduct and driving while her license was suspended. She was sentenced to two years of intermediate punishment, including 90 days of electronic home monitoring. Her driver's license was suspended for a year.

On April 14, 2003, Straughters appeared in Westmoreland County Court to plead guilty to the charges filed against her in 2000.

She pleaded guilty to simple assault, which was amended from the original charge of disorderly conduct, and was sentenced to one year of probation. A charge of aggravated assault by a prisoner was dismissed. A criminal mischief charge incurred no further sentence.

At the time of the plea, Straughters admitted she was being treated for depression at the time and was on two prescription drugs, trazodone and Lexapro.

She said she graduated from Jeannette High School and works at a Hempfield Township nursing home.

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