Karen Flynn, accused in weekend homicide appears in court

Karen Flynn made a brief court appearance Monday afternoon. She is charged with second-degree murder after a fatal stabbing Saturday night.
The murder suspect detained in a Hamilton Police car. (David Ritchie/CBC)

The Hamilton woman accused of stabbing another woman to death Saturday made a brief court appearance Monday afternoon.

Karen Flynn, 43, appeared in court by video link from the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre where she is in custody. Flynn is accused of fatally stabbing 56-year-old Margaret Elizabeth Steer in a MacNab Street North apartment building Saturday night.

Flynn, who has dark, shoulder length hair, and appeared to be wearing a dark green prison sweatsuit, answered when spoken to, sounding confused.

Before her minute-long appearance ended, she tried to address the defence lawyer representing her, Larissa Fedak.

"I forgot to mention I have a full-time job..." Flynn said.

"I don't want you making any statements over video," Fedak interrupted.

The victim of Hamilton's second homicide of 2014 is taken away to hospital after being stabbed in the neck and chest. (David Ritchie/CBC)

Hamilton Police say around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, a fight broke out on the 12th floor of an apartment building at 500 McNab Street North. The victim and her boyfriend, who lived on the 9th floor, had gone to another couple's apartment in the building to retrieve an item they had loaned. Neighbours in the building say it was an air conditioner.

Police say an argument broke out and the two men attacked one another and soon the two women jumped in. Police said the accused woman beat the victim's boyfriend with a baseball bat. She then allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed Steer in the neck and chest.

Steer's boyfriend called police. When they arrived, the accused and her boyfriend had left the scene and they found Steer had suffered severe injuries, but was still alive, said Detective Sergeant Paul Hamilton of the homicide unit.

"There was a significant amount of blood," said Hamilton.

He added Steer died on the way to hospital after paramedics tried to save her. He said all four parties involved were known to police.

The 49-year-old male victim was taken to hospital with minor injuries and has been released. Hamilton said police do not plan to charge either of the men involved.

Flynn will appear in Hamilton court again by video link on Jan. 20.

The homicide was Hamilton's second in just five days after 23-year-old Marley Rowe was shot in the head and killed early New Year's Day. 

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact Detective Andrea Richard of the Homicide Unit at 905-546-4067 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.