The woman taken into police custody for questioning after a man was fatally stabbed in his Richmond Hill home Tuesday night is the victim’s girlfriend and has been charged with manslaughter in his killing.
Shirley Forbes, 63, lives on the second floor of 87-37 112 St., where 55-year-old Lee Burrison — who lived in the house with Forbes — was found stabbed and lying on the living room floor around 10:45 p.m. by police responding to a 911 call on April 16. Burrison suffered a stab wound to the upper chest. He was later taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Forbes was immediately taken into custody and questioned at the 102nd Precinct.
After an investigation, Forbes was arrested for his killing Wednesday afternoon and arraigned Thursday on charges of first-degree manslaughter, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and aggravated criminal contempt. Forbes, who faces up to 25 yearsin prison if convicted, was ordered held without bail and to return to court on May 2.
According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, there has been a history of domestic incidents between Forbes and Burrison in recent years. Police have been called to their residence multiple times in the past due to domestic disturbances, and an order of protection had been issued on behalf of the victim, Burrison, on Nov. 20, 2012 and was in effect until Nov. 19, 2014, directing the defendant to refrain from assaulting, harassing, or committing any other criminal offenses against the victim.
“The defendant in this case is alleged to have stabbed her boyfriend once in the chest, killing him,” Brown said. “Violence such as that which is alleged to have occurred in this case cannot be tolerated. As a result the defendant faces serious consequences for her alleged actions.”
It is not known why Forbes still lived in the house, even after the order of protection was taken out against her.