Woman says she acted in self-defense

July 13, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

A Hagerstown woman accused of stabbing her husband in the back with a butcher's knife Thursday told a judge Friday she acted in self-defense.

Aletha Tonea Brantley appeared at Washington County District Court via video from the Washington County Detention Center for a bond review hearing.

Brantley, 23, of 213 Rowland Ave., is charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and openly carrying a dangerous and deadly weapon with intent to injure.


According to charging documents in District Court, Brantley is accused of stabbing her husband, Vincent Lamar Brantley, 28.

Vincent Brantley was in good condition at Washington County Hospital on Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Brantley was originally being held without bond. On Friday, Judge R. Noel Spence set bond at $100,000 and told Brantley if she is released on bond she is to have no contact with the victim.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 7, Spence said.

Brantley told Spence she plans to be represented by a public defender.

Brantley said she and her three children recently moved to the area from Alabama.

According to charging documents, police were called to a Frederick Manor home around 9:15 p.m. after the couple had an argument. Vincent Brantley had been stabbed once in the back, police said.

According to Vincent Brantley's uncle, Otis W. Howard, Aletha Brantley came home and started arguing with her husband in the kitchen, court records state. The argument continued outside, and as Vincent Brantley headed toward the rear of the home, his wife allegedly followed, yelling and cursing at him, court records state.

After the stabbing, Howard grabbed Aletha Brantley, who allegedly was holding a knife, and escorted her across the street, court records said. Howard forced the knife from her hand and returned inside to find his nephew lying on the kitchen floor, court records state.

Staff writer Julie E. Greene contributed to this story.

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