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Man charged with stabbing pregnant ex-girlfriend

February 27, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged Thursday with stabbing his pregnant ex-girlfriend in the chest, back and neck with an object that appeared to be an ice pick, police said.

Charles William Newman, 27, of 52 Phlox Lane, was charged with malicious wounding. He was in Eastern Regional Jail on $20,000 bail, according to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

West Virginia State Police Trooper J.C. Weaver, who investigated the case, said the stabbing happened at Tina Butts' home on Paynes Ford Road. Police were called to the home at 12:52 a.m.

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Butts, whose age was not available, told police that Newman, her ex-boyfriend, came to her house while she was sleeping on a couch with her children, who are 3 and 7 years old.

Newman tried to get Butts to come with him to a bedroom in the house, but Butts refused.

"At this time, Newman stated that he was going to kill her and pulled out what appeared to be an ice pick," Weaver wrote in his criminal complaint.

After she was stabbed, Butts was able to convince Newman to leave by telling him that she loved him and by promising not to call the police, records state.

Police took Newman into custody at noon Thursday at a residence on Nadenbush Lane in Berkely County, West Virginia State Police Sgt. David Boober said. Newman was arrested without incident, Boober said.

Boober said the weapon used in the incident had not been recovered late Wednesday, and that he did not know how many times the woman had been stabbed.

Officers interviewed Butts after she was taken to City Hospital, where she was listed in fair condition late Thursday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Boober said he was unable to elaborate on Butts' condition late Thursday evening.

Conviction of a charge of malicious wounding carries a sentence of two to 10 years in prison.

Staff Writer Brian Shappell contributed to this story.

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