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Woman charged in strangulation murder of St. Paul man

The woman told investigators that she was fighting off the man.
Evonne Sharkey

A woman has been charged with second-degree unintentional murder in the death of a St. Paul man. 

Evonne T. Sharkey, 37, of St. Paul, was charged for the murder of 65-year-old Steven D. Malone, who was found dead in his apartment on the 600 block of Front Avenue on Sunday, Oct. 27. 

A medical examiner ruled that Malone's cause of death was asphyxia by strangulation. 

According to a criminal complaint, Sharkey told investigators that she met Malone while drinking vodka for a couple of hours at a park near the Days Inn off ofUniversity Avenue in St. Paul. She claims Malone invited her to his apartment, where she accused Malone of raping her. 

Sharkey said he fought off Malone multiple times, choking him out three times and eventually binding his hands with a rope from a curtain and securing his hands with duct tape. She also admitted to duct taping his feet so he couldn't get up and attack her again. 

When police arrived at the apartment they found Malone naked on his side with his face toward the mattress, and the bedding tucked and wrapped tightly around his body. There was a towel in his mouth and he was not breathing. 

Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced Malone dead. 

“It was an accident. I never meant to hurt that man – that was never my intention," Sharkey is quoted as saying in the complaint, which notes that Sharkey said she was shocked to learn of Malone's death because he was struggling to get out of the tape when she left. 

Another woman who was at the apartment the night of the incident told investigators that she never heard any struggles between the two while she was there, and that she had smoked crack cocaine given to her by Sharkey. Officers also spoke to Sharkey's husband, who said Sharkey is a crack addict. 

The complaint also explains that the medical examiner opined that Malone was either dead or unconscious when he was tied up, and that it did not appear that he struggled with his bindings. 

Sharkey had marks on her face and small cuts on her left arm indicative of a struggle, the complaint adds. 

In addition to the murder charge, Sharkey has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. 

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