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A young woman has been charged with second-degree murder after her boyfriend was fatally stabbed inside an Elgin Avenue home.

Galena Dianna Eva Flett, 20, was in custody, accused of killing Adrian Acoby, 25, following a domestic dispute early Wednesday, police said.

A confrontation between the couple led to the deadly stabbing, police allege.

Police declined to elaborate on the nature of Acoby's injuries.

"Obviously, the injury was very critical," Const. Jason Michalyshen said.

Police were alerted to the event by a 911 call placed from the home at 3:40 a.m.

Once there, officers met with a neighbour who alerted them to what had happened.

Acoby was rushed to hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead.

It wasn't until 5:25 p.m. that police found Flett at a Main Street hotel and arrested and formally charged her in Acoby's death.

Police released few other details.

Michalyshen could not say whether drugs or alcohol were factors.

Acoby had struggled in the past with addictions and was the father to a young daughter from a prior relationship.

He was born and raised in Vancouver and came to Winnipeg in 2000.

Efforts by the Free Press Thursday to reach Acoby's family members for comment were unsuccessful.

His death was the eighth homicide in Winnipeg this year and the fifth in April.

In February, Flett was granted bail in connection with an unrelated assault charge. She was released to 1385 Elgin Ave.

Release conditions barred her from possessing or carrying any weapons, court records state.

They also required her to go to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba to complete programming or counselling the agency recommended.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 2, 2014 B2

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