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Woman dead after stabbing in parking lot of Tempe Food City; husband jailed, according to police

Woman dead after stabbing at Tempe Food City
Posted at 5:02 AM, Feb 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-06 11:45:01-05

A woman is dead and her husband is in jail after a stabbing in a Food City parking lot in Tempe. 

Officers responded to the scene near Scottsdale and McKellips road a little after midnight on Monday after getting reports of someone on the ground. 

When police arrived, they found a woman with an apparent stab wound. She was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A man identified as 41-year-old Kody Vaught was apparently seen on surveillance video at the Food City store. Police documents show he approached the vending machine area with the female victim and another man. Documents say they were talking and charging a cell phone before Vaught is seen chasing after the woman and out of the camera view. The other man in the group was reportedly seen watching them. 

Around 2 a.m., someone called police from a nearby apartment complex where a man not believed to reside there was seen crying. Officers responded and located the subject, identified as Vaught. Vaught had abrasions and red stains on some of his clothing. 

Police say a backpack was located near vending machines at the stabbing scene with items listing Vaught's name. He also reportedly shed his clothing after fleeing from the scene -- a pair of jeans was found with his ID card and a cell phone inside. 

Police records state that the victim is Vaught's wife, however, police have not released the woman's name. 

Vaught was jailed on one count of second-degree murder and is being held without bond.