A 23-year-old Northeast Washington woman who two months ago was released from court on her own recognizance on a charge of stabbing a man to death was ordered held without bond yesterday after being charged with fatally stabbing a second man on Monday.

The victim of Monday's assault was identified as Paul McCullough, 61, who was found about 8:15 p.m. in his apartment at 461 H St. NW, suffering from two stab wounds to the chest, police said. They said he died about an hour later at George Washington University Medical Center.

Police said Sabrina Chante Kennedy, 23, of 251 58th St. NE, was arrested at the scene and charged with second-degree murder.

Kennedy also was arrested on Sept. 1 and charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Lorenzo W. Matthews, 41, of 1206 10th St. NW, police said. They said that no bond was ordered in connection with that incident and that she was free on her own recognizance at the time of Monday's stabbing.

According to D.C. bail officials, Kennedy has a history of psychiatric treatment and alcohol and drug abuse, but no criminal record previous to her Sept. 1 arrest.

She faces up to life in prison if convicted of either of the murder charges.

Matthews, according to a government prosecutor, was found in his apartment suffering from seven stab wounds.

According to a police affidavit filed in court, Kennedy later gave a statement saying she had stabbed Matthews because "she suspected that he had taken her money."

On Sept. 3, Kennedy appeared in D.C. Superior Court before Judge Franklin A. Burgess Jr. for a bail hearing. According to court records, Burgess followed the recommendation of bail officials that Kennedy be released on her own recognizance and he ordered her to report for alcohol and drug treatment.

That charge is pending before a grand jury.

Under D.C. law, criminal defendants must be released without bond unless there is a danger they will flee. Defendants with violent criminal records can be held without bond.

According to a report filed by the bail agency yesterday, the United Planning Organization last Thursday sent Kennedy a warning letter because she had failed to report for enrollment in the organization's alcohol treatment program, as ordered by the court.

On Monday, according to police, Kennedy was arrested in connection with the slaying of McCullough, who was stabbed with a butcher knife.

According to the police account, Kennedy went to a neighboring apartment after the stabbing and called police. A homicide official said last night that the stabbing occurred during an apparent domestic dispute.