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Red Bank woman admits to killing elderly brother

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A Red Bank man is dead after police said his younger sister stabbed him to death. Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol said it appears to be a botched murder-suicide.

It happened in the 500 block of Lullwater Rd. shortly before 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Police found Glenda Forrest, 63, in her bedroom with self-inflicted stab wounds to the stomach. Her brother, Donald "Donnie" Barnes, 65, was found stabbed to death in his bedroom.

It started with a welfare check Tuesday morning, after a concerned cousin told police Forrest had called and admitted to killing her older brother.

"She let them know that she just killed her brother, and she wanted to make sure somebody would come and watch the dogs," Christol said.

When police arrived, they heard Forrest in pain inside of the home. She wouldn't answer the door, Christol said, so officers forced their way in. The siblings lived together at the home on Lullwater Rd., and neighbors said the two had been fighting for years.

Tuesday morning's fight ended in murder.

"We're working off the theory of a murder-suicide right now," Christol said. "The injuries to [Forrest] seemed to be a lot more than superficial."

Christol said officers were no strangers to the home -- or the sibling's strained relationship. Police have been called to the house many times throughout the years.

"Some of them have been disorders, some domestic assaults, some medical calls," he said.

Neighbor, Chris Cox, was getting his son off to school Tuesday morning when he saw several police cars surrounding the house.

"It's just evil," said Cox. "It's just a shame that something like this happens."

Cox said Forrest was a neighbor that could sometimes be quick to call 911 on others.

"There's been a couple times where she would call police over things that could be solved be talking to somebody instead of calling the law," he said.

"I couldn't believe it," said Samuel Livingston, who lives next door.  "I've known Donnie since I lived here."

He said he didn't know Forrest well, but would talk motorcycles with Donnie, who was always a friendly neighbor.

"He was a really nice dude," Livingston said. "He came out and waved at us, and we talked to him whenever we got the chance."

Forrest will be guarded 24-hours in the hospital by police. Once she's released from the hospital, she'll go to Hamilton County Jail without option for bond. There was no update on her condition Tuesday afternoon.

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