A 60-year-old Republic man has been charged with first degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of his ex-wife, Kathy Sue Duda, 59, of Marionville.
Robert E. Duda, Sr., was also charged with first degree burglary and armed criminal action, according to Lawrence County Prosecutor Robert George.
Robert Duda is being treated at St. John's Hospital in Springfield for stab wounds he inflicted upon himself after he allegedly stabbed his wife to death on March 12. George is asking that Robert Duda be held on a $200,000 bond once he is released.
Kathy Duda was discovered dead in the front yard of her Marionville home by officers with the Marionville Police Department and the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department who responded to the scene after a neighbor reported seeing Robert Duda chase his ex-wife outside and start stabbing her.
According to reports filed in the criminal case, Robert Duda was then seen stabbing himself and running back into his ex-wife's residence. The suspect was found alive in the kitchen and suffering from self-inflicted stab wounds.
According to Marionville Police Chief Larry Jones, Kathy Duda, 59, died at the scene. She resided at the home.
The male subject, later identified as Kathy Duda's ex-husband, Robert Duda, was transported to St. John's Hospital-Springfield for medical treatment. Duda, 60, of Republic, is listed in stable condition.
Court documents indicate that the kitchen was the only room in the house where blood was found. The only other sign of a struggle was a broken window on one of the doors.
An autopsy of Kathy Duda was scheduled to have taken place on Friday, March 13. Results from the autopsy have not been made public.