Oak Creek man accused of fatally stabbing woman, wounding stepfather

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Stephen Cole

MILWAUKEE -- Prosecutors say the Oak Creek man who stabbed a woman to death was upset she had poured out his alcohol. Stephen Cole is also charged with trying to kill his stepfather in the attack.

Cole, 45, is charged with the following criminal counts:

  • First degree reckless homicide
  • First degree recklessly endangering safety

Regina Rosebrock

He appeared in court for the first time on Friday, December 29th, where his lawyers say he is not competent to stand trial.

Cole is accused of fatally stabbing the woman neighbors identify as his mother, 62-year-old Regina Rosebrock -- and attacking his stepfather, 50-year-old Edwin Rosebrock, who survived.

When officials arrived to the home on Woodview Avenue in Oak Creek, the found Regina Rosebrock “lying on the living room floor, unconscious and covered in blood.” She suffered more than a dozen stab wounds and was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Cole has a history of drinking troubles. He was featured in a Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office press release in April, after being busted for what deputies say is his third OWI.

Stephen Cole

Double stabbing in Oak Creek

Prosecutors say the stepfather told authorities his wife was fed up with Cole's drinking, and banned alcohol from the house.

Christmas day, the husband says Regina found and "dumped out several bottles of the defendant's alcohol." Tuesday, he says she found and dumped one more causing Cole to erupt.

Double stabbing in Oak Creek

It began a day of multiple visits from police.

Prosecutors say Oak Creek police, "settled an argument" after not one, but two calls. On the second visit police arrested Cole for possession of marijuana and took him to the police station.

Records show Regina picked up her son and returned home.

Oak Creek fatal stabbing

Police would receive a third call, after prosecutors say Cole stabbed his mother to death, and chased his stepfather with the knife.

Police arrived to the two men struggling.

Oak Creek fatal stabbing

Once in custody, prosecutors say Cole blurted out comments "bemoaning how much prison time he was going to get for what he had done and how he no longer would be able to see his dog."

Neighbors tell FOX6 police have made multiple visits to the home in the past, and the parents were looking forward to moving soon.

Cole is scheduled to get a psych exam in the coming weeks.