A woman arrested on suspicion of killing her husband told deputies she slipped or tripped while holding a kitchen knife and accidentally stabbed him to death, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Rachel Fidanian, 38, of Lakeland was arrested for second-degree murder and booked into the Polk County Jail on Wednesday.
On June 25, Fidanian called 911 to report that she had accidentally stabbed her husband, 40-year-old Brian Fidanian.
He was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Deputies said Fidanian gave inconsistent statements about the stabbing. During the 911 call, she told the dispatcher she was holding her dog while doing the dishes, then ran toward her husband, slipped and stabbed him. She later said she had her dog in her hands while she was slicing pizza and went to talk to her husband, tripped and accidentally stabbed him. She told the dispatcher it was an accident and she did not want to go to jail.
While speaking with paramedics, Fidanian said she was slicing a pizza and noticed her dog had defecated on itself. She said she was holding the knife as she went to clean the feces and tripped and fell onto her husband.
Fidanian later told investigators she was slicing the pizza with a fillet knife when her dog started whimpering. She saw the dog covered in feces and ran outside to pick it up and bring it back inside the residence. When she brought the dog inside, it was urinating and defecating itself on the floor, Fidanian said. She said her husband walked toward her to help and she walked toward the victim as well, then tripped on an area rug, fell and stabbed him.
Fidanian told deputies she was wearing a black and red flannel robe when the stabbing occurred, but investigators found no signs of feces or urine on the robe.
Detectives ultimately determined none of her explanations were plausible after she was unable to pick up her dog to demonstrate how she was holding it when the incident occurred.
Results from an autopsy suggest four inches of the blade cut through Mr. Fidanian’s second rib bone and cut the pulmonary artery. His death is being ruled as a homicide.
“The suspect made a lot of excuses, but none of them made sense. Our detectives did a thorough investigation. In the end, they determined this was an intentional act of domestic violence. Incidentally, her arrest occurred during Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.