A Farmville woman was held Wednesday on a $400,000 secured bond on charges she tried to kill her husband by poisoning and stabbing him.
Sarah Danielle Saunders, 27, of 3874 Moye Turnage Road was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree attempted murder, Pitt County Sheriff’s Lt. Paula Dance said.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home after 8 p.m. on Monday where they found Tommy Shackelford, Saunders’ husband, with a long pocket knife protruding from his temple.
A child between 6 and 7 years old was at home at the time but the boy did not witness the assault, investigators said.
Saunders initially told deputies that she arrived home to find her husband seriously injured and a black man running out the door.
“Our investigation found some significant discrepancies in the story,” Dance said. “Based on that, we were able to get a confession.”
Detectives questioned Saunders, who admitted to stabbing her 40-year-old husband and feeding him an undisclosed substance in an attempt to poison him.
She told investigators she was an abuse victim who was pushed to the limit, Dance said.
“That’s pretty much how I would characterize it,” Dance said. “She felt that she had no other choice. She felt that it was an out of a domestic violence situation.”
Shackelford was listed in fair condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Sheriff’s officials also are looking into a possible previous attempt to kill the victim after learning Shackelford went to the hospital violently ill about a week to 10 days before Monday’s assault.
Detectives are trying to learn more about that incident, in which Shackleford is believed to have told some hospital staff that he thought his wife was trying to poison him.
Sheriff’s deputies said they have been called to the house on two occasions over the years for minor non-violent disturbances.
The case remains under investigation.
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