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1 Victim Had 45 Wounds in Fatal Multiple Stabbing

Northampton woman suffered 45 knife wounds in attack that killed four

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    1 Victim Had 45 Wounds in Fatal Multiple Stabbing
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    Police say suspect killed Denise Merhi (pictured here), her father, grandfather and a neighbor.

    A Northampton coroner says a woman suffered 45 knife wounds in a brutal attack that also killed her father, grandfather and a neighbor.

    Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek says 39-year-old Denise Merhi tried to defend herself as she was fatally stabbed June 26 inside her Northampton home.

    Lysek testified Tuesday at the preliminary hearing for Merhi's former boyfriend, 37-year-old convicted murder Michael Eric Ballard. He is charged with stabbing Merhi, her 62-year-old father, 87-year-old grandfather and a neighbor who ran to the house after hearing screams.

    Lysek says all four victims were stabbed multiple times. Merhi's grandfather was found dead in his wheelchair.

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    At the time of the killings, Ballard was on parole for a 1991 murder in Allentown and was living in a halfway house there.