Woman charged in deadly Fitchburg stabbing held on $1M cash bond

Kania C Quinn
Courtesy of the Dane County Jail

MADISON, Wis. — The woman accused of stabbing a man to death in a Fitchburg apartment building over the weekend is being held on a $1 million cash bond.

Kania Quinn, 33, appeared in Dane County Court on Wednesday for an initial appearance. According to online court records, she’s facing a charge of first-degree intentional homicide in the murder of 62-year-old Fred Edwards Jr.

Fitchburg police arrested Quinn on Monday. Quinn and Edwards Jr. were living together, according to the Fitchburg Police Department.

Edwards Jr. died at a local hospital after he was found unresponsive in an apartment building hallway early Saturday morning.

According to a criminal complaint, Edwards Jr. suffered a single stab wound to his chest. The Dane County medical examiner later confirmed he died from the wound.

When detectives contacted Quinn via phone to ask her about what happened to Edwards Jr., she denied knowing. Later, after she was arrested, Quinn reportedly admitted to stabbing Edwards Jr. on two separate occasions in Illinois. She served a prison sentence for the most recent incident and was released in 2020.

Authorities said Quinn then admitted to getting into an argument with Edwards Jr. shortly before he was found dead. The criminal complaint alleges she was armed with a knife during the argument and said she may have “struck” him with it but later added if she stabbed him it was “unbeknowingly.”

Quinn also admitted to throwing two knives out a car window while driving on a highway hours after Edwards Jr.’s death, according to the complaint.

Quinn is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m.