Sharon Lacanski-Shimkus mug shot

A forty four year-old Springfield woman has been charged with killing a man last week in his South Park Avenue home.

Sharon Lancanski-Shimkus is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action for the stabbing death of 45 year-old Jeffrey Chambers.

Shortly before noon on Friday June 18th, Chambers' sister, Kimberly Chambers, went to her brother's home with her friend, Larry Teer, after their mother had not heard from him for a few days and became concerned.

According to the probable cause statement filed with the charges, nobody answered the door when Kimberly knocked and she found the front screen door and the back door of the home locked, "which worried her because Jeff could not lock the screen door from the outside and thought that he must be inside."

Kimberly then next door to the landlord's home and told him she thought there might be something wrong with her brother and got a key.

"Kimberly reported that upon entering Jeff's residence she discovered him inside his bedroom where he was laying on the floor between the dresser and bed, at which time she ran out of the house where she informed Larry Teer of what she had observed inside the residence."

Teer and a man working in the area, Mark Schmidt, then went inside the home and found blood throughout the residence and discovered Jeff's body lying on the bedroom floor, "covered in blood, with what appeared to be a puncture wound to his throat." They also found Lancanski-Shimkus lying near the deceased Chambers "moaning, unresponsive and covered in blood."

When first responders moved Lancanski-Shimkus, "they discovered that she had been lying on a bloody folding knife with the blade extended."

At the scene, the victims mother, Brenda Holton told an officer, her son was having ongoing problems with a woman she only knew as Sharon.  Holton told investigators that Jeff and Sharon were both alcoholics and "when Sharon became intoxicated she would assault Jeff."

An autopsy determined Chambers died from multiple stab wounds to the chest.

During an interview with Springfield Police Detective Kevin Shipley, Lancanski-Shimkus admitted she stabbed Chambers 10-11 times with her pocketknife during an argument.

Lancanski-Shimkus, who is also facing tampering with a motor vehicle charges for an August 2009 incident in Greene County, is being held in the Greene County jail on $250,000 bond.