Man wanted for stabbing wife to death, injuring others arrested after more than a month on the run

Man accused of stabbing, killing wife, injuring others arrested



On Tuesday, Dec. 25, Michael Vallery, 49, was arrested on charges of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder for reportedly stabbing his wife to death and injuring two of her relatives.

According to the report from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, the deceased victim, Stefanie Vallery, had recently begun divorce proceedings with Michael. The report goes on to say the two had gotten into a verbal altercation the night of Nov. 18. Witnesses say Stefanie had revealed to them Michael had raped and strangled her before they arrived at the house.

Michael reportedly returned later and stabbed Stefanie multiple times, killing her. He is also said to have stabbed two of Stefanie’s family members who were at the home, including Danielle Scott, Stefanie’s sister, and 5-time Olympian for the US Volleyball Team.

EBRSO officials say they were notified around 10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24 that Michael was at an apartment complex on Tigerbend Road. Detectives arrived on scene and found Michael sitting down on a sidewalk in the complex. He was arrested without incident.


East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a man who allegedly stabbed his wife to death and injured two of her relatives Sunday night.

Michael Vallery, 49, is wanted for stabbing and killing his wife, Stefanie Vallery, 51, around 8 p.m. at her home in the 13000 block of Honey Drive. The two were in the process of filing for divorce, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities say the two got in an argument when Michael Vallery began to stab Stefanie Vallery. Two of Stefanie Vallery’s relatives tried to break the fight up, but deputies say Michael Vallery stabbed those women also.

(East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

One woman was transported to a local hospital in serious, but stable condition. The other woman was treated on the scene.

“Obviously, this is someone who has committed a violent murder so it’s imperative that we do get him in custody,” East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office public information officer Casey Hicks said. “We’re also asking for the help of the community because someone knows where this man is.”

Vallery is wanted for first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder. An active arrest warrant has been entered into the National Crime Information Center.

Anyone with information on Vallery’s whereabouts should call the sheriff’s office at 225-389-5000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 225-344-7867. Deputies urge anyone who sees Vallery to not approach him and to immediately call 911.

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