Suspect Charged with Murder After Domestic Dispute

A Charlotte County woman is in custody this afternoon for murder after she and her boyfriend were involved in a domestic dispute, during which he was fatally injured.

Ashley Britto (5/19/85)

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 2289 Lake View Blvd at approximately 7:23pm Sunday evening for a report of a man needing medical attention for a stab wound. Deputies encountered Ashley Britto (5/19/85) when they arrived. Britto was with the male victim and was holding him close to her. It was later determined that Britto and the victim were in a relationship.

Charlotte County Fire & EMS responded, transporting the victim to a local hospital while providing life saving measures. The male was declared deceased at the hospital and was observed to have a single stab wound to the chest. An official cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner, following their examination. At this time, Detectives are still working on notifying the victim’s next of kin.

Detectives with the CCSO Major Crimes Unit arrived on scene, including the Domestic Violence Investigator. Britto and the victim have an extensive history of verbal domestic disturbances, requiring law enforcement involvement 5 times in March of this year. After two calls in June for verbal disputes, deputies had not responded to a domestic disturbance again at the residence until this incident.

The investigation continued throughout the evening and early morning hours and involved collecting evidence as well as interviewing the suspect.

Based on the details of the investigation, Ashley Britto was arrested for Murder. She is currently being held at the Charlotte County Jail.

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