Sword-wielding man stabs woman to death

Eric Huffman, 41, of Hernando
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Eric Huffman, 41, of Hernando

A gruesome case of apparent rage surfaced on Sunday in Hernando and ended with the murder of a woman and the suspect arrested and charged with the crime.
 
Just before 10:30 on Sunday, Citrus County deputies responded to a home on East Benjamin Street after receiving a call that a woman was being stabbed.  
 
When deputies arrived, they found the woman, Brandi Blevins, 42, of Hernando, dead in the front yard. 
 
A witness, who was also staying at the home, told deputies that the suspect, Eric Huffman, 41, of Hernando, had fled on foot.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) immediately issued an Alert Citrus notification to every resident within a one-mile radius asking them to lock their doors, to be on the lookout for an armed subject, and to call 9-1-1 if they saw anyone suspicious.  Nearby residents called into the CCSO dispatch center to say they had seen Huffman on foot.  While deputies, K9 teams and the CCSO aviation unit were canvasing the area, a nearby neighbor told deputies there was a man on her back pool deck.  Deputies responded to the residence and took Huffman into custody without incident.
 
During the investigation, the Sheriff's Office said, detectives discovered Huffman had stabbed Blevins, his ex-girlfriend, with a large sword.  Blevins was found dead at the base of the front porch with multiple deep lacerations to her legs, thighs, torso and body.  Blevins also had a large wound on the back of her head.  According to one witness, the CCSO said, after Huffman stabbed Blevins, he ran to his truck and proceeded to run the victim over before crashing into a nearby tree.  He is said to have then ran away from the home and was later found and taken into custody by deputies.
 
During an interview with detectives, Huffman confessed to stabbing Blevins.  He is charged with one count of premeditated murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  Huffman has a lengthy criminal history including burglary, resisting law enforcement and two recent arrests of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
 
"First and foremost - our thoughts and prayers are with those who were impacted by this horrible crime," says Sheriff Mike Prendergast.  "This is a perfect example of why Alert Citrus is such an important tool for our agency.  We captured this extremely dangerous man quickly because we were able to warn nearby residents immediately."
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