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Bonnie Harper

A Logan woman accused of stabbing her husband in the back with a knife and killing him has been arrested, according to police.

Officers were called to a report of domestic violence between a husband and wife near 200 West and 200 North in Logan just before 9 p.m. Thursday. Investigators were unsure Friday how long the dispute had been going on but believe a neighbor was the one who called police, said Logan Police Capt. Eric Collins.

When officers arrived, they found James Harper, 48, with a stab wound to his back. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Shortly after, Harper's wife, Bonnie Harper, 57, was arrested for investigation of murder and intoxication.

"She had evidence on her person. The murder weapon was in proximity to her," Collins said. "Neighbors heard (James Harper) make utterances of being stabbed by his wife."

What started the fight and led up to the stabbing was still being investigated.

"We're not releasing any information about the motive," Collins said. "We'll look at the history (of the couple) and what contributed to last night's tragic ending to his life."

Collins said officers had, "responded there in the past and have had dealings with both individuals" but declined to release details.

Court records, however, outline what appears to have been a turbulent relationship for more than a decade between the couple.

In March, Bonnie Harper filed a restraining order against James Harper, according to 1st District Court records, claiming cohabitant abuse. She did the same in 1995 in Washington County, according to court documents, but requested the petition be dismissed less than 10 days after filing it.

James Harper was a registered sex offender, convicted in 1997 of second-degree felony sex abuse of a child. He was charged on Tuesday in Cache County's 1st District Court with two counts of DUI, failing to remain at the scene of an injury accident and driving on a suspended license, according to court documents.

Harper was charged in 1995 and 1996 with simple assault, court documents state.


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