September 7th , 2012 10:01 am Leave a comment

Grand jury indicts woman on attempted murder charge


The grand jury has indicted a Hampton woman on an attempted murder charge after investigators say she stabbed her husband last year.

Danita Church

Danita Clark Whitehead-Church, 50, of 1331 Rittertown Road, Hampton, was accused of stabbing her husband, Edward Zane Church, during a domestic disturbance Sept. 28, 2011, at 354 Stout Hollow Road, where the victim was living. The couple were separated at the time of the incident.

Carter County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Travis Ludlow presented the case to the Carter County grand jury Thursday. The grand jury charged the woman with attempted second-degree murder and especially aggravated burglary. She is scheduled to return to Carter County Criminal Court Sept. 28, one year after the alleged incident.

In July, prosecutors presented the case to General Sessions Court Judge John Walton, who agreed there was enough evidence to send the case to the grand jury.

Edward Church told the judge in July that his wife entered the residence uninvited and an argument started. During the argument, Church said the woman grabbed a steak knife from a butcher block and stabbed him in the left chest. He then grabbed the knife, cutting two of his fingers. She then grabbed another steak knife but failed to stab him.

Following the incident, the investigator, Ludlow, checked the victim’s injuries. He said he observed a large amount of blood inside the residence and on the victim’s clothes.

Edward Church said he believed his wife was trying to kill him.

After the incident, Whitehead-Church fled the scene but was later captured by deputies.

Whitehead-Church is represented by the public defender’s office.


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