The Journal Gazette
Thursday, June 25, 2020 1:40 pm

Indictment: Wife stabbed husband nearly 200 times


Associated Press

DAYTON, Ohio -- A woman accused of stabbing her 82-year-old husband 192 times earlier this month has been indicted on murder charges, authorities said.

Vivian Lanette Mims, 63, of Dayton, was also charged with felonious assault with repeat violent offender specifications in the indictment handed up Wednesday. The latter count apparently stemmed from an incident seven years ago in which she also stabbed and seriously injured Bobby Mims.

Bobby Mims was found dead in a parked car on June 16 after a man told Dayton police his mother had admitted killing his father and was trying to harm herself, authorities said. Responding officers said Vivian Mims was trying to ingest bleach.

It wasn’t known Thursday whether Vivian Mims has retained an attorney. A possible motive for the fatal stabbing has not been disclosed.

She was previously accused of stabbing her husband with a knife in Englewood in January 2013, The Dayton Daily News reported. She initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in that case but eventually pleaded guilty to felonious assault, and her probation term was ended in May 2016.

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