By Max Hrenda
A Hampton woman who was accused of stabbing her ex-husband with a kitchen knife has been cleared of any wrongdoing by a Carter County jury.
On Wednesday afternoon, after more than one hour of deliberation, the jury found Danita Whitehead not guilty of charges of attempted second-degree murder, which stemmed from an incident in 2011 that left Edward “Zane” Church, her ex-husband, hospitalized from knife wounds.
Upon the reading of the verdict, Whitehead was seen wiping tears away from her eyes. As jurors filed out of the courtroom, she thanked them as they passed the defendant’s table.
Throughout the trial, attorney Don Spurrell, who represented Whitehead, argued that the state’s case was lacking the necessary evidence to convict his client. With the verdict of not guilty, Spurrell said the jury recognized the lack, as well.
“There was substantial doubt in this case,” Spurrell said. “The jury saw it for what it was, and could not establish guilt without reasonable doubt on any imaginable level.”
For more details on the verdict and trial of Danita Whitehead, read the full story in Thursday’s edition of the Star.