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Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend being held without bail

Renee Nichole Benjamin of Hagerstown is charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure

October 24, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Renee Nicole Benjamin
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A Hagerstown woman accused of stabbing and seriously injuring her boyfriend Tuesday morning was ordered to remain in the county detention center without bail during a bond review hearing Wednesday in Washington County District Court.

Renee Nichole Benjamin, 19, of 720 W. Franklin St., appeared before District Court Judge Ralph H. France II via closed circuit television from the detention center.

Benjamin is charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure in the incident at her home.

Hagerstown police went to the home just before 5 a.m. for a report of a stabbing, the charging document said. Jason Robert Davis was found unconscious with a stab wound to his left thigh, the document said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher McCormack told France that Davis “coded” — went into cardiopulmonary arrest — twice, once while being attended by ambulance personnel and again at Meritus Medical Center.

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Benjamin had also been “lying in wait” for Davis when the assault occurred, McCormack told the judge.

“We’ve heard he’s in critical, but stable condition,” Assistant Public Defender Matthew Bing Rogers told France. He called the incident a “domestic violence altercation” and said Benjamin “feels she has viable defenses against the charges.”

Lt. Tom Langston of the Hagerstown Police Department said Wednesday afternoon that Davis’ condition was improving.

Police on Tuesday described the knife wound to Davis’ femoral artery as life-threatening.

Police did not release Davis’ name, but it was in the statement of probable cause filed with District Court.

When officers arrived at the house, they saw Benjamin had blood on the front of her pants and on her arms and hands, the charging document said.

Benjamin told police that Davis had been out all night and that they argued when he returned, the charging document said. She told police that, during the argument, Davis slapped her in the face, the document said.

Benjamin told police she went to the kitchen, got a knife and stabbed Davis in the leg as he was coming down the stairs, the charging document said.

France scheduled Benjamin’s preliminary hearing for Nov. 15.

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