3/6/19

Karina M. Rafter Shot her Hubs in POWHATAN, VA Two Years Ago. They Just Charged Her and Shes Out on Bond

Woman charged in Powhatan death investigation This one took a while to come around.  Karina Rafter, 43, was charged with first-degree murder and using a firearm in the Dec. 9, 2016, murder of John R. Rafter Jr., 48, who died of a shotgun wound to his head. He was discovered by his teen son, after the boy woke up that morning in the family home in the 2100 block of Flint Hill Road. The boy called police and deputies responded at 8:45 a.m., finding Rafter’s body in his bedroom.

A shotgun was found near the body.

At the time, Rafter was married but separated from his wife, Karina, who was living in Chesterfield County. She was a person of interest in the case from the start of the investigation.

John Rafter worked as a senior support specialist for Capital One and had filed for divorce from his wife on July 13, 2016. A trial date on the matter was to have been set Dec. 13, four days after Rafter's murder.

In his divorce petition, he alleged that his wife had a history of alcoholism and had physically assaulted both of their children — then ages 12 and 13 — while intoxicated when he was away on a business trip on June 22-23, 2015.

She went away to treatment and returned home but nothing really changed. There were a lot of drunken fights reported to the police. They were in the middle of a custody battle for full custody when he was killed.

They arrested her last week but she's currently out on bond with an ankle bracelet. 

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