Indianapolis woman dies trying to stop sword fight

April 9, 2009 8:09:34 AM PDT
Police have charged an Indianapolis man in the death of his 77-year-old grandmother, who died after trying to break up a sword fight between him and her 69-year-old brother-in-law. Police say 39-year-old Chris Rondeau faces a preliminary murder charge in the death of Franziska Stegbauer.

Officers found Rondeau, his grandmother and her brother-in-law, Adolf Stegbauer, with stab wounds when they arrived at the northwest Indianapolis home shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday.

Rondeau was hospitalized in stable condition, while Adolf Stegbauer was in surgery with serious injuries.

Sgt. Matthew Mount says an autopsy will determine whether Stegbauer died from her stab wounds or a heart attack.

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