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The woman charged with stabbing her husband to death on Sunday night said he attacked her, but police didn't find her to have any signs of injury.

Officers responded to the home in the 3900 block of Merrywood Lane at about 10:47 p.m. and found  60-year-old George Deramus unresponsive in a bedroom, according to a news release.

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Tavonia Johnson

He was lying on his back with multiple stab wounds, one to the front of his right shoulder, one on his right side and one to the back of his neck, court records show.

Hamilton County emergency personnel pronounced Deramus dead at the scene.

Tavonia Johnson, 49, told police she and Deramus got into a verbal argument in her bedroom, which led to a physical altercation.

She said Deramus grabbed her and threw her into the bedroom wall. She landed on the bed, and Deramus then got on top of her and started choking her with both hands, Johnson told police.

She was eventually able to roll away and grabbed a kitchen knife from her dresser and stuck it in her waistband, court records state. She then stabbed Deramus one time in the shoulder.

Police asked her about the additional stab wounds, but she said "she had no idea how that happened," according to court records.

Johnson was checked by hospital staff shortly after the incident and again by crime scene personnel. Neither evaluation revealed any sign of injury.

Johnson was charged with criminal homicide. Her bond was set at $350,000.

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