A Gillette woman charged with attempted second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing a man was bound over to Campbell County District Court Wednesday.
Karissa Bowling, 25, will now face another arraignment in District Court where a plea will need to be entered before it is decided if she will stand trial on charges consisting of felony attempted second-degree murder and felony aggravated burglary.
The charges against Bowling come from an incident on May 10, where Bowling allegedly forced her way into a home and stabbed the male homeowner with a pair of scissors following a brief scuffle for control of a .45 caliber Kimber handgun earlier that morning, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.
Bowling, who had stayed at the male’s residence over the course of the prior weekend, was told to leave, and refused after the male left to go to a local bar.
When he returned at 2:30 a.m., Bowling and her two-year-old daughter were waiting outside his house and were freezing. National Weather Service reports indicated that temperatures averaged 23 degrees at 2 a.m. that morning.
The male again told her to leave and gave her a phone charger so she could use her own phone to call someone for accommodation, but he reportedly took pity on Bowling’s daughter and allowed the child to come inside to warm up in the meantime.
When the door was opened, however, Bowling reportedly shoved her way inside, per court documents, which further state that she “throat punched” the male at one point during the ensuing argument.
Bowling allegedly threatened to “blow her brains out” and ran for a pistol the homeowner kept mounted on a wall in the bedroom, but the male managed to wrestle the firearm from her grasp.
Court documents say the male attempted to block Bowling’s attempt to hit him, felt an impact below his left shoulder blade near his torso, and realized that he had been stabbed.
She allegedly attempted to help him, saying “I slipped, I didn’t mean to, please don’t press charges, I cannot go to prison, I am so sorry,” per 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 was taken to the emergency room at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital for a stab wound to his torso, court documents state, and reported that he was struggling to breathe and his vision was blackening.
Bowling was located a short while later at an undisclosed location, crying and covered in blood, and reportedly told police that the homeowner had attempted to harm her and she had stabbed him in self-defense, per the affidavit.
However, the homeowner video-recorded the entire incident on his phone, which the prosecution believes will weigh heavily against Bowling, according to discussions during Bowling’s arraignment in Circuit Court on May 11.
“I’ve never hurt anybody,” Bowling said during her arraignment. “I just want to go home to my daughter.”
Attempted second-degree murder is punishable by 20 years to life in prison and or a $10,000 fine. Aggravated burglary is punishable by five to 25 years in prison and or a $50,000 fine.