Jonesborough woman facing tampering charge for allegedly wiping blood, fingerprints from knife used in stabbing

Becky Campbell • Sep 5, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Washington County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Jonesborough woman Tuesday who they say wiped blood and fingerprints from a knife her boyfriend used to stab his uncle — over who would take a shower first — earlier this month.

Candace Y. Duncan, 28, 811 Conklin Road, is charged with tampering with evidence, according to a warrant filed in Washington County Sessions Court.

The incident stems from a stabbing that occurred Aug. 3 around 11:30 p.m. at 218 Upper Sand Valley Road, Jonesborough.

No one has yet been arrested in the stabbing, but a warrant has been issued for the victim’s nephew, according to the clerk’s office.

An incident report of the stabbing details what happened that night between the victim, Phillip Robinson, and his nephew, James McInturff. Both men live at the residence, according to Deputy Lonnie Ratliff, who responded there that night.

The men were apparently involved in an argument over who would take a shower first that evening, Ratliff said. When Robinson got out of the shower and was drying off and getting dressed, his nephew walked past him.

Robinson told officers he felt something go across his neck and realized his throat had been slashed.

Ratliff said a doctor told him the laceration came within one centimeter of Robinson’s carotid artery. The wound, a 6.5-centimeter slash, required six internal stitches and five staples to repair.

After the alleged stabbing, several others in the house at the time attempted to subdue McInturff. He dropped the knife and he and his girlfriend left the scene on McInturff’s motorcycle.

Ratliff said witnesses told him Duncan is McInturff’s girlfriend.

According to the warrant charging her, she is accused of wiping “the victim’s blood and fingerprints from the assailant off of the knife before tossing the weapon into the yard.”

Duncan was arraigned on the charge in Sessions Court on Thursday. She has a $25,000 bond and a court hearing Aug. 29.

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