Police: Tucson woman charged with homicide, domestic violence

Police: Tucson woman charged with homicide, domestic violence
The Tucson Police Department said Jessica Beem fatally stabbed Frank Wise at a home in the 1600 block of West Prince Road late Sunday, Dec. 8. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A Tucson woman was booked on second-degree homicide and domestic violence charges after she was found beside her partner’s body.

The Tucson Police Department responded to a domestic violence call regarding a stabbing at 10:20 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Once they arrived at the house in the 1600 block of West Prince, they found Jessica Beem sitting in the residence kitchen rocking back and forth.

Frank Wise, Beem’s partner, was found bleeding on the kitchen floor. The 39-year-old Wise was pronounced dead at the scene.

The TPD said two children were in the living room at the time of the stabbing.

According to interviews with another person in the house as well as Beem, it appears that Beem had asked the other person to pick up her children so Beem could spend time with Wise. Once the other woman came over to the house, police records state that Beem and Wise retreated to the bedroom and emerged a while later.

Beem went into the kitchen and made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich using a sharp kitchen knife, then cut a piece of cake, according to a witness interview. The witness said Wise moaned and fell to the floor holding his hands to his chest, records show. The witness was in the living room watching television with her children at the time.

The witness said she saw Beem with a knife in her hand, which she placed on a table. The witness asked Beem what happened and Beem told her she didn’t know.

When police asked Beem what happened, Beem told officers she didn’t know, however, she said she knew her partner had been stabbed but didn’t know how it happened.

Records state that Beem and her partner were the only two adults in the kitchen at the time of the stabbing.

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