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Halfway man pleads guilty to stabbing his mother

July 28, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Halfway man pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to first-degree assault for stabbing his disabled mother in February, according to court documents.

Daniel Eugene Harp, 43, of 11234 Scarlet Oak Drive, originally was charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and second-degree assault in connection with the Feb. 6 stabbing that occurred about 10 p.m. at his home.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III ordered a presentence investigation be prepared for sentencing, according to court documents. Wright ordered Harp be held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center pending sentencing, according to court records.

When deputies arrived at the Harp home, they found Daniel Harp sitting in his mother's bedroom. His mother, Nancy Harp, who was 68 at the time, was in her bed, the victim of a stabbing, according to charging documents. She since has recovered.

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Deputies found a blood-stained kitchen knife, which was 8 to 10 inches long, on the bedroom floor, according to charging documents.

Daniel Harp, who is an amputee, was ordered into the hallway and placed in handcuffs, according to court documents. According to deputies, Nancy Harp was conscious, and told them her son stabbed her.

In an interview at Sheriff's Department headquarters, Harp said that before he stabbed his mother in her bedroom, the two had been drinking at the kitchen table, deputies said.

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