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Palmetto man accused of stabbing woman to death after argument

The couple's four children were found sleeping in their bedrooms. They were unharmed.
Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

A 38-year-old Palmetto man is facing a murder charge after police say he stabbed the mother of his four children to death.

Police responded Sunday morning to a home on 2nd Avenue West for a reported stabbing. When they arrived, officers met with Julian Ortiz-Castillo, who allowed them into the home. 

Inside the home, officers found Jessica Martinez-Lumbreras, 29, dead from multiple stab wounds. Ortiz-Castillo also had some apparent stab wounds.

The couple's four children -- ages 5, 6, 9 and 11 -- were still sleeping in their bedrooms. They were unharmed.

Investigators said the couple hosted a party with friends the night before. The two had an argument that escalated after the friends left. Detectives said the argument culminated with Ortiz-Castillo stabbing Martinez-Lumbreras  to death

Ortiz-Castillo remains at the hospital and is stable. Police obtained a warrant for his arrested and charged him with second-degree murder.

Police said the couple's children are staying with family members.

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