Woman accused of stabbing husband indicted for attempted murder






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A Lowndes County woman arrested in three separate incidents this year for allegedly attacking her husband has been indicted for attempted murder.  


A grand jury in Lowndes County has formally charged Charity Harkins-Ferguson, 28, for one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated assault domestic violence. According to the indictment, she committed "an act which, if accomplished would constitute murder" by stabbing her husband. 


Deputies with Lowndes County Sheriff's Office first arrested Harkins-Ferguson for attempted murder on Feb. 14 after the victim's parents called 911 and reported their son was being attacked. According to investigators, when deputies arrived at the scene, there was a trail of blood throughout the house and the victim was clutching his abdomen and covered in blood.  


Harkins-Ferguson was also arrested for domestic violence in April. The indictment states it was the third time law enforcement had arrested her for domestic violence. Harkins-Ferguson had previously been convicted for domestic violence in August 2015 and February 2017.  


In Mississippi, a suspect's third domestic violence charge is an automatic felony.  


Harkins-Ferguson was arrested again in July for aggravated domestic violence after her husband reported she had stabbed him in both shoulders and hit him in the head with a hand saw. At the time, investigators said, Harkins-Ferguson was no longer allowed on the victim's property.  


A grand jury has not indicted Harkins-Ferguson on the charge from July.  


Harkins-Ferguson was previously sentenced to seven years in Mississippi Department of Corrections for aggravated assault in 2010 after she pleaded guilty to hitting another man with her car. 


Harkins-Ferguson is currently in Lowndes County Adult Detention Center after her bond for the July charge was denied.




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