Matthew-Stallings

Matthew Stallings

WILMINGTON — A Duplin County native who now lives in Wilmington has been accused of stabbing his estranged wife more than 15 times and then throwing her off the second-floor balcony of her apartment.

Matthew Stallings has been arrested by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and is charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault of a female, communicating threats, first-degree burglary, and assault with a deadly weapon.

Stallings reportedly broke into the apartment where his estranged wife was sleeping, at around 8 p.m. last Wednesday, Jan. 6. The sheriff’s office reported that the woman was sleeping when Stallings assaulted her, stabbing her more than 15 times with a pocket knife, and then throwing her from a second-floor balcony. There was also a child present at the time of the attempted murder.

The victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. She is now in stable condition.

Stallings, originally from Beulaville, was found in Duplin County and arrested.

During his first court appearance last week, Stallings was given a $5 million bond. If he were to post bond, he would be placed under house arrest and forbidden to have any contact with the child. His next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Jan. 28.

If convicted, Stallings could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Abby Cavenaugh may be reached at acavenaugh@ncweeklies.com or 910-296-0239.