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A U.S. Army soldier was charged Monday in the stabbing death of her husband in the couple’s home near Kaiserslautern earlier this year.

Spc. Latasha Ricks, 26, faces charges of premeditated murder and involuntary manslaughter, said Bruce Anderson, a U.S. Army Europe spokesman.

For now, prosecutors are proceeding with both charges, he said. If the case makes it to trial, Ricks could only be convicted of one charge. An Article 32 hearing to decide if a court-martial is warranted is tentatively scheduled for May 31, Anderson said Monday in an e-mail.

Ricks, assigned to the 1st Personnel Command, is being charged for what happened just past midnight on April 2. Her husband, identified Monday as 29-year-old Levin H. Peters, was stabbed several times in the stomach and heart, according to German media reports.

The couple lived off-post, about nine miles north of Kaiserslautern, and initial reports stated that the death stemmed from a domestic dispute.

Ricks was initially held by German police on suspicion of manslaughter but was released to her unit a few weeks later.

She was not confined during the military’s investigation.

“The command has determined that lesser forms of restraint are adequate,” a USAREUR spokeswoman said in April.

According to Anderson, a premeditated murder conviction could carry a life sentence, reduction in rank, forfeiture of pay and dishonorable discharge. An involuntary manslaughter conviction could carry 10 years confinement, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of pay.

Neighbors called police after hearing a loud discussion coming from the couple’s home on April 2.

When German police arrived, they found Ricks next to the victim, trying to stop the bleeding with a towel, the German newspaper Die Rheinpfalz reported.

During interrogation by a German judge, Ricks said she was trying to protect herself from her husband, according to German media reports. Her husband had hit her several times while he was drunk in the past, according to the reports.

The victim threatened Ricks before the incident when she brought up separating, and after a long fight she pulled some knives out of a knife box and defended herself, German media reported.

A 5-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy were found asleep when police entered the apartment.

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