Tulsa police responded to an apartment six times the night before. The seventh call came from a woman saying she was "bleeding to death."
During that final call, which came late Monday night, police heard a woman screaming and peeked in the windows of the apartment. Seeing blood throughout the residence, police entered and discovered the caller bleeding from stab wounds to the neck, face, and head. She was transported to a local hospital, and a man in the apartment was treated for cuts to his hands before being arrested and taken to the Tulsa County Jail on a complaint of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Adam Taylor Allen, 28, is currently held on $100,000 bond. An emergency protective order was granted ordering Allen to stay 100 yards away from the plaintiff and her home at all times, to surrender all firearms to law enforcement, and to submit to GPS monitoring if he makes bail.
Police say they were called to the same residence six times the night before the domestic stabbing, but none of the calls were serious enough to warrant arrest:
- An argument between Allen and the woman
- A well-check request for the woman's safety
- Drug activity reported by Allen
- A robbery call reported by Allen
- A call from the residence claiming that someone was kicking at the door
Regardless of whether or not any of the prior calls indicated the need for an arrest, they certainly seem to demonstrate that things were unstable in the home prior to the domestic dispute that led to the stabbing.
Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon is defined in 21 O.S. § 645:
Every person who, with intent to do bodily harm and without justifiable or excusable cause, commits any assault, battery, or assault and battery upon the person of another with any sharp or dangerous weapon, or who, without such cause, shoots at another, with any kind of firearm, air gun, conductive energy weapon or other means whatever, with intent to injure any person, although without the intent to kill such person or to commit any felony, upon conviction is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary not exceeding ten (10) years, or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one (1) year.
In other words, using a knife, gun, or other dangerous weapon to harm another person, even without intent to use lethal force, is a violent felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. It is important to note that virtually any object can be considered a dangerous or deadly weapon if it can be used to inflict serious injury or death.
If the intent is not merely to injure, but to kill, the penalties are greatly increased. Conviction of shooting with intent to kill or assault with a deadly weapon or by means or force likely to cause death is a felony punishable by life in prison.
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