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Orangeburg woman charged in man’s stabbing death; report: suspect claims man’s hug startled her
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Orangeburg woman charged in man’s stabbing death; report: suspect claims man’s hug startled her


An Orangeburg woman is accused of killing her boyfriend with a knife. She allegedly told police he startled her as she was cutting food in the kitchen.

Danica Felder, 28, of 806 Adden St., is facing the charge of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of David Lee Jones, 34, of 42 Pine St., Barnwell.

Felder called 911 at 5 p.m. Friday to report that her boyfriend fell onto a knife, according to an Orangeburg Department of Public Safety incident report.

When emergency crews arrived at her Adden Street home, they were met by a juvenile male who stated, “Dave fell onto a knife.”

Officers found Jones lying face up, unresponsive and covered in blood, on the living room floor. The surrounding carpet was soaked in blood.

Felder was kneeling beside him, grabbing his hand, the report said.

The couple had been together for over four years, but had been living together for six months.

Officers attempted chest compressions until EMS arrived about 30 seconds later.

Felder asked medics to check her out due to heavy breathing from shock, the report said. Once cleared, officers transported Felder to ODPS headquarters for questioning.

According to the report, Felder said she was cutting hotdogs in the kitchen when Jones, “hugged her from behind attempting to kiss her.”

She allegedly said Jones startled her and she stabbed him in the neck with the knife she was holding.

Jones used his hands to stop the bleeding, the report said.

Felder told officers she was surprised Jones died because it didn’t seem like he bled that much, the report states.

The couple didn’t have any children together.

The Department of Social Services placed the juvenile in emergency protective custody.

A municipal judge did not set bond on Saturday. A circuit judge will decide whether Felder should be released on bond at a later date.

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