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Woman charged with attempted murder

October 1st, 2011 12:34 am by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — The estranged wife of a man who was stabbed Wednesday has been arrested by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and charged with attempted murder.
Danita Clark Whitehead-Church, 50, 1331 Rittertown Road, Hampton, was charged with attempted second-degree murder and especially aggravated burglary. She is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on Oct. 24.
Whitehead is accused of stabbing her husband, Edward Zane Church, 58, also of 1331 Rittertown Road, during a domestic disturbance. The stabbing took place at 354 Stout Hollow Road, Hampton, where deputies said he had been living. The couple had been separated for three months.
Church said his wife entered the residence uninvited Wednesday night. An argument broke out. He said Whitehead-Church removed a steak knife from a butcher’s block on an island in the kitchen and attempted to stab him. Church said he grabbed the knife with his left hand, cutting his ring finger and palm, before breaking the blade from the handle. He said Whitehead-Church then removed another steak knife from the same butcher’s block and charged him, stabbing him in the upper left chest.
Investigator Travis Ludlow of the sheriff’s department observed the injuries Church described. He said he observed a large amount of blood inside the residence, as well as on the Church’s clothing. Ludlow said Church told him he was in fear for his life and believed Whitehead-Church was attempting to kill him.
Church told him Whitehead-Church got in her vehicle and left the scene after stabbing him.
Church was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center by the Carter County Rescue Squad, where he received treatment for his injuries.

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