Gillette woman charged with attempted second-degree murder, aggravated burglary

Karrisa Bowling, 25, has been charged with attempted 2nd degree murder after stabbing a man early Monday morning.

A Gillette woman has been charged with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated burglary after forcing entry into a home and stabbing the homeowner Monday night, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.

Investigators allege Karissa Bowling, 25, forced her way into a home belonging to a male, whose identity will not be released per County 17 policy, and stabbed him with a pair of scissors following a brief scuffle for control of the male’s .45 caliber Kimber handgun in the early morning hours on May 10, according to the affidavit.

Bowling, accompanied by her two-year-old daughter, reportedly had stayed at the male’s house over the weekend. When the male left to go to a local bar, she was told she needed to leave because he doesn’t allow her to stay when he is not home, court documents state.

When the male returned around 2:30 a.m., Bowling and her daughter were waiting outside his house and were freezing. National Weather Service reports indicated that temperatures averaged 23 degrees half an hour before he arrived.

The male told Bowling, again, that she needed to leave, but allowed her daughter to come inside to warm up while she called around for other accommodations and provided her with a phone charger because her phone was dead, court documents say.

When the male opened up the door to let her daughter in, per the affidavit, Bowling allegedly pushed her way into the house, “throat punching” the male at one point as she came inside.

Following an argument, in which Bowling was repeatedly told to leave, she threatened to “blow her brains out” and ran for a pistol the male kept mounted on a wall in the bedroom.

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The male managed to wrestle the firearm from Bowling’s grasp and put his arm up to block her attempt to hit him, according to court documents, which further allege that the male realized that he had been stabbed below his left shoulder blade near his left torso.

Bowling reportedly attempted to help the male momentarily, saying “I slipped, I didn’t mean to, please don’t press charges, I cannot go to prison, I am sorry,” according to the affidavit, which states she retreated from the house moments later as the male trained the firearm on her and ordered her to leave.

The male, who reported to police that the injury allegedly inflicted by Bowling left him struggling to breathe with blackening vision, was taken to the emergency room at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital for a stab wound to his torso, according to the affidavit.

Gillette police officers located Bowling shortly after the alleged incident at an undisclosed location, standing outside while covered in blood and crying, court documents state, adding that she claimed to have reacted in defense of her life after the male attacked her.

Police recovered the firearm, a pair of silver scissors, a bloody gray T-shirt, and a bloody sweatshirt from the home, per the affidavit, and noted several droplets of blood on the carpet and a wall.

Bowling was arraigned May 11 before Circuit Court Judge Paul Phillips on charges consisting of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated burglary.

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Attempted second-degree murder is a felony punishable by not less than 20 years up to a maximum of life imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine. Aggravated burglary is a felony punishable by not less than 5 years in prison up to a maximum of 25 and/or a $50,000 fine, according to Phillips.

During the proceedings, Sean Brown, deputy county and prosecuting attorney, informed the court that video evidence of the incident would likely support the male’s version of events and requested that Bowling be given a $100,000 cash or commercial surety bond.

While giving the state’s recommendation, Brown stated that given the nature of the violent offenses and the potential penalties should she be found guilty, Bowling should be considered both a danger to the community and a potential flight risk.

Bowling objected to the state’s characterizations, stating that she does not consider herself a danger to the community nor did she believe herself to be a flight risk.

“I’ve never hurt anybody,” she said during her arraignment. “I just want to go home to my daughter.”

Phillips sided with the state and set bond in accordance with Brown’s recommendations.

A preliminary trial to determine if there is sufficient probable cause to support the charges against Bowling has been set for May 19.