A Maryland woman is charged with the murder of her boyfriend after claiming he fell to his death while hiking in January.
Megan Virginia Shaffer, 21, is accused of slitting her boyfriend’s throat and leaving him naked in the woods.
Garrett County State’s Attorney Lisa Thayer Welch announced Thursday that Shaffer is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and assisting another to commit or attempt to commit suicide.
Daily News reports that the 21-year-old initially reported in a 911 call that her boyfriend, 24-year-old Alexander Stevens, had fallen to his death while hiking an overlook in Savage River State Forest on January 3.
Shaffer told police that she had lost her way after Stevens fell and spent all night wandering through the woods before stumbling home, where she was when she called 911.
After calling police, Shaffeer was taken to the hospital for a broken shoulder and potentially broken back.
Stevens’ body was recovered the next day, and he was found to have suffered from several broken bones and his throat had been cut multiple times.
The 24-year-old’s father, Jay Stevens, said he noticed a change in his son’s lifestyle, but knew he wasn’t suicidal.
“He’s grown his hair longer, was reading about religions, thinking about his place in society. I never, never, ever, ever thought he was suicidal. I know my son. He had all these plans to do big things.”
Stevens reportedly opened a “transfer on death” account, with Shaffer as the beneficiary, just days before his death. Shaffer was set to receive $188,000, but Stevens’ father asked the judge to stop the transfer, and the judge agreed.
The Cumberland Times-News reports that Stevens’ death was ruled as a homicide in March.
Shaffer is currently being held in the Garrett County Detention Center pending a court appearance.
Feature photo: State’s Attorney for Garrett County, MD