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Affidavit: Man punched Richland Co. woman before her death, claims self defense

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LANCASTER (WKOW) -- Search warrant records state a man says he punched a Richland County woman several times before she died, but says he acted in self defense as she approached him with a knife.

Authorities say the body of 32-year old Rachael Pauls was discovered Saturday at her Town of Orion home.  They say a man who lived at the home, 29-year old Andrew Weeden, was tracked down and captured near the home, and is considered a person of interest in the case.

An affidavit for a search of the home for a couch states Weeden told interrogators, "She tried to stab me in the throat.  I punched her in the face a few times. What (expletive)was I supposed to do.....I didn't mean to hurt her that bad."

The warrant was based on the suspicion of the crime of first degree reckless homicide.

The affidavit states Pauls had a laceration on her right side, bruising on her abdomen, bruising on her face, and two broken ribs.  Dane County Medical Examiner Dr. Vincent Tranchida determined Pauls died from exsanguination, or a significant loss of blood.

No one has been charged in connection to the death.  Weeden is jailed on a suspected probation violation.  He was released from prison last year after serving time for felony battery.

Authorities say Weeden was sitting on the couch that was seized when Pauls approached him with a knife.

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