Harford woman charged in husband's death

December 16, 2006|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,sun reporter

A 46-year-old Harford County woman was charged yesterday with first-degree murder and assault in the fatal stabbing of her husband early yesterday in their Joppatowne home, county police said.

About 12:30 a.m., Eveline Anna Marie Bergman made a 911 domestic violence call from her home in the 600 block of Anchor Court. She reported that she had stabbed her husband, 48-year-old Jeffrey David Bergman, police said.

Eveline Bergman, with bloodstains on her clothing, met police at the door, according to Lt. James Eyler, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Deputies found Jeffrey Bergman unconscious on a couch in the family room. He had several stab wounds in his chest and extremities, police said.

Emergency response personnel from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Co. treated the victim at the scene before transporting him by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. Jeffrey Bergman died in surgery about 3:30 a.m., according to police.

Police released few details about the incident, but Eyler said, "The investigation shows that she was definitely the aggressor."

Eveline Bergman, who police said did not appear to be injured in the incident, is being held in the Harford County Detention Center without bond until a bail review hearing Monday.

Neither spouse had previous instances of domestic violence, Eyler said. Police are continuing to investigate the incident, which baffled a neighbor and close friend of the couple.

"These were our friends, both good people, whom we knew well and socialized with frequently," said William P. Mueller, a neighbor of the Bergmans for 13 years. "We are all certainly shocked."

Jeffrey Bergman worked in the Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine at Aberdeen Proving Ground, according to a base spokesman. Eveline Bergman worked part time as a library assistant at Harford Community College, according to the school's personnel department.

Mueller said the couple has one adult son who resides elsewhere. They also had two Jack Russell terriers that are currently in the care of the Muellers.

mary.gail.hare@baltimoresun.com

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