GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A woman is in the Kent County jail, charged with the murder of her husband.
Ynes Danyelle Lee, 43, was formally charged Wednesday on open murder charges. She is being held without bond.
The victim, Bertram Nathaniel Lee, was visiting his estranged wife Ynes Lee at her apartment at 6121 Woodfield Dr. SE in Gaines Township on Aug. 17, authorities said.
Court documents allege Ynes stabbed her husband.
Undersheriff Jon Hess told 24 Hour News 8 Bertram Lee called 911 at about 1:45 a.m. and told the dispatcher that his wife had stabbed him. The call went on for a few minutes, Hess said, until Bertram told a dispatcher he was feeling lightheaded and stopped talking.
By the time emergency responders got to the scene, documents said, Bertram was breathing and had a heartbeat but was not responding. He was taken to Mercy Health Saint Mary's in Grand Rapids.
Documents went on to say that Ynes admitted to police she stabbed her husband in the chest with a steak knife, but said he was "physically holding" her at the time. She said that the couple had an argument that turned physical and then deadly.
Ynes was initially arrested for assaulting her husband. She was re-arrested and charged with his murder when Bertram was taken off of life support on Aug. 26.
An autopsy "ruled the manner of death as homicide."
The Kent County Prosecutor's Office reviewed the incident and authorized the warrant on Aug. 26.
"Its just really crazy. Hard to believe. I would have never thought," Melissa Martin, Bertram Lee's ex-sister-in-law said. "They may have had issues as every relationship does, but I would have never ever thought something like this could happen. It's just crazy."
Martin knew Bertram and his wife for 10 years.
"Ynes, she was very soft spoken, very nice," said Martin. "I just can't believe that this has happened."
Ynes has a criminal history including a felony conviction for attempted retail fraud in 1988, and misdemeanor conviction for abusing a vulnerable adult in 2003 in Walker.
Bertram had several prior convictions for domestic violence offenses, including against Ynes. Court documents allege in 2011 Bertram slammed his wife Ynes' hand in a closet door. He had gotten off probation for that offense just a few days before he was killed.
Ynes filed for divorce from Bertram in 2011, but documents from that case say neither party showed up to court and the case was dismissed.
Ynes and Bertram were married for more than 14 years. They both were parents, but did not have any children together.
"He's got grandchildren that are babies [who are] never going to get to know him," said Martin. "It's just really sad."
Ynes is scheduled to be back in court Sept. 9.
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