Man charged in stabbing of his estranged wife

July 06, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A Baltimore man has been charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of his estranged wife Sunday as they were driving on Route 140 near Bethel Road.

Jonelle Desiree Williams, 27, of the 4200 block of Fairfield Ave., Baltimore, was stabbed in the left cheek and thumb, and the right shoulder, arm and wrist, according to state police. She was released from Carroll County General Hospital late Sunday.

T. C. Thomas Williams, 26, of the 5500 block of Lothian Road, was charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to maim, and assault and battery. He was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $150,000 bond. Police said the attack occurred about 10 p.m. Sunday as the couple rode in a car with their 18-month-old daughter, Tanelle.

Mrs. Williams, who police said is seeking a legal separation from her husband, told officers that she had seen him at a Baltimore church Sunday and accepted his offer to drive her home after they had dinner at his mother's house.

She told police that while driving home, Mr. Williams said he had to go to Carroll County to collect $150 from a friend and would give her $50 to buy clothing for their daughter.

Mrs. Williams told investigators that her husband was driving toward Westminster, singing along with the radio, when he suddenly reached under the seat and struck her in the left cheek. She said she thought that he had struck her with his fist until she placed her hand to her cheek and saw blood, according to District Court documents.

She said she threw herself at her husband in an attempt to prevent him from stabbing her again, according to court papers.

He continued to swing the knife at her, and then he pulled the 1984 black Oldsmobile into the median strip as she cried out, "No, no, the baby," according to the charging documents.

Tanelle was in a child's safety seat in the back of the car, the court papers said. She was not injured.

Mrs. Williams told investigators that she was able to open the passenger-side door as her husband started the vehicle and made a U-turn east on Route 140. She said he stopped the car on the right shoulder as she jumped out and tried to run. According to the police statement, she was grabbed from behind but was able to break free as several motorists stopped to assist her.

State police said in their report that they found Mr. Williams standing by his car, his shirt covered with blood. A 7-inch kitchen knife was recovered from his pocket, police said.

Mr. Williams told police that his wife had pulled the knife on him, and that he had grabbed the weapon from her and stabbed her in self-defense.

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