By Daniel Silliman
A 38-year-old man accused of stabbing his estranged wife to death will undergo psychological evaluation, according to his lawyer.
Demetrio Patricio Rose, a native of Panama living in Ellenwood, told his court-appointed attorney that he doesn't remember anything about the night his wife was stabbed in the back with a kitchen knife after she called 911.
It is possible, Attorney Lloyd Matthews said, that Rose is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after serving in the military in Iraq.
"We'll see what the doctors say," Matthews said.
Ani Hacardyan Rose, a 36-year-old German native, called 911 at 9:12 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 17. When Clayton County Police arrived a few minutes later, Demetrio Rose met them at the door of their 5371 Pecan Grove home, and said that his wife needed an ambulance.
He told the officer he had stabbed his wife, according to the police report, and the officer saw bloody foot prints leading up and down the stairs to the kitchen, through the dining room and hallway. Ani Rose was lying face-down in the kitchen, surrounded by a pool of blood, and the couple's two daughters, ages 9 and 14, had locked themselves in a bedroom.
Demetrio Rose was arrested, and is being charged with murder, aggravated assault and cruelty to children.
Ani Rose's family said the couple's trouble started when they moved to the United States, according to Tania Chester, Ani Rose's cousin. The move took Ani Rose her far from her immediate family, in Germany, and far from her large extended family, in Montreal. She left her support system, Chester said, to follow her husband.
"Her problem was that she was alone," Chester said. "We're just so frustrated and sad. There was no one there to hold her hand when she was dying."
According to Ani Rose's cousin, who described herself as "like a sister," the couple met in Germany when Demetrio was stationed there. Ani's family accepted Demetrio Rose and "they got married very young and they had children very young," but the relationship was "all good in the beginning."
The relationship changed, though, and for the last two years, Ani and Demetrio Rose have been in and out of divorce proceedings, and Ani reported a number of incidents of domestic violence.
In 2005, Ani Rose reported her husband had grabbed her by the hair, threw her to the ground and said "I will finish what I started, next time."
Earlier this year, she filed a temporary protective order. It was dismissed by Clayton County Magistrate Judge Richard Brown in June, however.
Brown cited a lack of evidence. Ani Rose's lawyers appealed the order. The appeal was to be reviewed by a Superior Court Judge this month.
Chester said the family, in their grief, are very frustrated that the U.S. legal system didn't offer her the support she needed. "We're just extremely disturbed by the whole thing," she said. "It didn't escalate to this in one day ... I think the system really failed her when she was asking for help. I think it was really wearing her down, at the end, just because she wasn't getting that support."
The two Rose children are being cared for, at least temporarily, by Demetrio Rose's sister, who lives in the area.
Demetrio Rose's bond hearing is set for Friday morning in Clayton County Magistrate Court. His probable cause hearing has been postponed until Monday.