Portland woman pleads not guilty in connection with fatal stabbing

Posted Feb. 23, 2012, at 2:54 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 24, 2012, at 11:15 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland woman has pleaded guilty after being arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing in November, police said Wednesday.

Police arrested Lisa McDonald, 48, and charged her with manslaughter in connection with the death of her boyfriend, Carlos Ramos, Portland police Det. Karl Rybeck said.

She remains in jail after pleading not guilty.

Rybeck told the Bangor Daily News that McDonald was the only person in Ramos’ Forest Avenue apartment when police responded to the stabbing call.

“The night this happened she was [the only one] there,” he said.

Neighbors described their relationship as volatile.

Ramos died of stab wounds to his chest.

McDonald is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on $50,000 bail.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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