Prosecutors said the man accused of fatally stabbing his wife Sunday night did so in front of five children.
That detail came out during a court appearance Monday afternoon for 35-year-old Haron Joyner in a La Crosse County Circuit Courtroom.
Joyner faces charges of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of his wife, 29-year-old Jessica Joyner during an argument late Sunday night at their residence at 1320 5th Ave. South.
The children who witnessed the stabbing ranged from five to 11 years old.
La Crosse Police Sgt. Randy Rank tells News 19 that they were called to the residence around 11:17 p.m. for a report of woman who was stabbed.
When they arrived, they found 29-year-old Jessica Joyner with stab wounds at an apartment next door at 1318 5th Ave. South. She was taken to Gundersen Health System where she was pronounced dead about 90 minutes later.
The criminal complaint for Joyner said that after the stabbing, Joyner went next door to a neighbor's apartment where she collapsed on the floor. The children, crying and screaming, followed her into the apartment. Joyner told the woman "I'm bleeding out" and that someone was trying to kill her.
The neighbor's daughter told police she saw a man standing in the hallway outside the apartment. She said the man said "I just can't do this anymore", then "calmly" walked down the stairs of the apartment. The daughter stated she made eye contact with the man and described his behavior as "too calm, to the point of being super creepy." Haron Joyner left the residence before officers arrived.
While police were there, the children blurted out statements. One child said, "He stabbed her, she was running away, and he stabbed her a couple of more times." Another child said that the argument started after dad was yelling at mom for "dating a crackhead".
The complaint said that police later found out that Joyner tried to turn himself in at the jail. When officers went out to get him, he had left and gone to his place of work across the street. Employees said they saw Joyner go into a bathroom area where traces of blood were found later by investigators. Other employees said they saw Joyner get into a car with two other people and leave the area.
Police tracked down the address of one of the men to 3619 29th Court South. When officers arrived around 2 a.m., they found Joyner in the car. He was arrested without incident. The complaint said that while Lt. Dan Kloss was searching Joyner, he observed dried blood on his pants and shoes.
Joyner is currently in the La Crosse County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond on the homicide charge.
He's scheduled to return to court on March 15.
Police in La Crosse are investigating a fatal stabbing.
La Crosse Police Sgt. Randy Rank said one person was killed and another is in custody.
Sgt. Rank said police were called to a home on the 1300 block of 5th Avenue just after 11 p.m. Sunday because of a domestic incident.
"Upon arrival, we learned there was a suspect who was stabbed. That subject was transported out to Gundersen Health System and later died from the injuries from that stabbing," said Sgt. Rank.
Sgt. Rank said the suspect in the stabbing is in custody, and there is no apparent danger to the public.
Police are currently on scene in the area of 5th Avenue and Hood Streets. Stay tuned to News 19 for the latest as this story develops.