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W.Va. woman charged with stabbing husband in the back

November 25, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

BUNKER HILL, W.VA. - A Bunker Hill, W.Va., woman was charged with stabbing her husband once in the back with a steak knife Tuesday night after the couple argued, according to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Diane Renee Peterson, 40, of 582 Plank Bridge Road, was charged with one felony count of malicious wounding.

West Virginia State Police Trooper J.C. Weaver, who investigated the stabbing, indicated in court records that he spoke to Peterson's husband, Richard Peterson.

Richard Peterson told police that when he arrived home from work Tuesday his wife was not home, but that she called a short time later from a friend's house, records state.

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Peterson picked up his wife, who jumped out of the moving car as the couple returned to their home, police said. She then went back to her friend's house, police said.

A little while later, Peterson again picked up his wife. When they returned home the couple started arguing and Diane Peterson threatened to kill her husband, police alleged.

"Mr. Peterson then went to a kitchen cabinet and got a knife. Mr. Peterson then said, 'Here go ahead and kill me,' and threw the knife on the floor," Weaver wrote in a criminal complaint.

After arguing for 20 to 30 minutes, Richard Peterson poured his wife's beer out onto the floor, police said. "Mr. Peterson advised that the next thing he knew was that Mrs. Peterson stabbed him in the back," police alleged.

Diane Peterson was being held in Eastern Regional Jail on $20,000 bail.

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

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