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50-year-old woman arrested in fatal Downtown Madison stabbing

50-year-old woman arrested in fatal Downtown Madison stabbing

Braxton Street stabbing arrest

Crystal E. Hairston has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of Mark T. Ryan.

A 50-year-old woman has been arrested in a fatal stabbing that occurred Downtown in late July, according to Madison police.

Crystal E. Hairston was booked into the Dane County Jail on Friday on tentative charges of first-degree intentional homicide, police said.

Crystal E. Hairston


Police did not know Hairston's current address, but according to court records she had lived in Madison as of 2016.

Hairston was arrested in the death of Mark T. Ryan, 60, of Madison, on July 27 in the 700 block of Braxton Place. Ryan had been stabbed multiple times and later died at a local hospital, police spokesman Sgt. Benjamin Schwarz said.

Police announced they had arrested a suspect on July 28, but did not identify the person at the time.

The stabbing was Madison's fourth homicide of the year. The shooting of 17-year-old Jovan Freeny on Saturday raised that number to five. Last year, there were 10 homicides in the city. 

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