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Man charged with the murder of his wife after 3-hour SWAT standoff

Updated Jun 19, 2018 at 12:05 PM

Julie Ann Stewart was already dead, stabbed to death and stuffed in the trunk of a car when police arrived Friday at her and her husband’s home on Cavalry Boulevard in East Arlington, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Gerard Stewart was attempting to leave in the car after calling police about 2 p.m., setting off a SWAT standoff off that lasted for hours in the community off Kernan Boulevard, Lt. Craig Waldrup said.

“The caller stated that he had killed his wife and put her body in the trunk of his car,”
Waldrup said of the 45-year-old who was officially booked on a murder charge Monday. “As patrol officers arrived, the suspect was attempting to back the car out of the driveway. The suspect fled into his residence and barricaded himself.”

The couple had an argument and Stewart told police he was distraught. Julie Stewart filed for divorce on April 26. They had been married for 20 years, according to her divorce petition.

Police took the Stewarts’ 9-year-old son to safety, leaving Gerard Stewart alone inside the home. Police also said Stewart advised he had taken some pills. The standoff lasted for three hours. It ended after Stewart came out of his home and was placed under psychiatric observation until Monday, authorities said.

He was initially charged with tampering with evidence. When released from the hospital, the murder charge was added.


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