Box Elder Woman Pleads Not Guilty to 2 Felony Assault Charges

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A Box Elder woman pleaded not guilty to two felony assault charges at her arraignment Monday in Hill County District Court after allegedly stabbing her uncle in the head.

Denise Priscilla Stump, 58, pleaded not guilty to the felonies of assault with a weapon and aggravated assault before Judge Kaydee Snipes-Ruiz.

Stump was also initially booked on a pending attempted deliberate homicide charge. However, that charge was not included in the Information filed prior to Stump’s arraignment.

Court documents allege that at approximately 4:11 AM on August 23rd, the Havre Police Department responded to a report that a male had been stabbed in the head on the 1900 block of 2nd Street Northeast.

A Havre Police Sergeant spoke with the victim in the ambulance, who told the Sergeant his niece had stabbed him the head several times with a large knife.

Officers located a, “large serrated kitchen knife,” on a bedroom floor of the residence. The knife had been bent, was covered in blood, and had hair on it consistent with the victim’s.

The affidavit also alleges that Stump had blood on her left forearm, had no visible injuries, and, “appeared to be highly intoxicated.”

Stump was unable to provide a statement to Police at the time, and has since told Officers she is unable to remember what happened.

The affidavit says the victim was stabbed a total of four times, with injuries in close proximity to major veins and arteries, according to Northern Montana Hospital staff.

The victim was flown to Benefis Hospital in Great Falls for further treatment.

The defendant will be released from the Hill County Detention Center on her own recognizance, subject to house arrest. Stump may not consume any alcohol while on house arrest.

No future court dates have been set.

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