Sarasota man charged with stabbing ex-girlfriend, her mother

Sarasota man charged with stabbing ex-girlfriend, her mother
Sarasota man charged with stabbing ex-girlfriend, her mother

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – A 42-year-old Sarasota man is being held without bond following his arrest Friday on murder and aggravated assault charges.

Bernis Boykins is charged with stabbing his ex-girlfriend and her mother at a residence in the 2300 block of 20th St. The incident occurred just after 1:30 pm according to a release issued by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene in response to a disturbance call. When they arrived, 54-year-old Tonya Simpson was deceased on the kitchen floor and her 19-year-old daughter Teyanna Leverette seriously injured.

Leverette was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where she is listed in critical condition.

Boykins arrest report indicates deputies found him walking away from the home where Simpson and Leverette were found.

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