Stabbing suspect, victim both land in jail

by Wes Mayer

A woman suspected of stabbing her live-in boyfriend multiple times with a kitchen knife in June turned herself in to the Coweta County Jail on Tuesday – the victim, however, also turned himself in to the jail earlier this month on separate charges.

Just before midnight on June 25, authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 70-block of Welcome to Arnco Road in reference to domestic violence and a possible stabbing, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. When they arrived, they met with the suspect, Karen Elizabeth Stapleton, 39, but the victim, Mark Anthony Payton, 39, was no longer at the scene.

Yarbrough said deputies found Stapleton under the influence, and they also found a large amount of blood around the door of the carport area along with a bloody kitchen knife. Authorities were able to determine Payton returned to his home on Girl Scout Road after the assault, but when they went to check on his residence, they did not find him.

According to Yarbrough, Payton had a few outstanding warrants for his arrest, so even though he was wounded, he “bush bonded” – fled into the woods. The sheriff’s office deployed K-9 units to search for Payton, but the search dogs were unable to find him.

Authorities later learned the victim was cut twice below his belly button and suffered from a gash on his thumb. Stapleton also allegedly struck Payton in the head with a dart board. However, because they could not find Payton that night, Stapleton was not charged at the time.

Payton may have received medical aid from his family, Yarbrough said. On July 16, Payton turned himself in to the Coweta County Jail on his outstanding warrants. He was then charged with arson in the third degree, criminal damage to property in the second degree and theft by taking.

In a separate incident, on Sunday Stapleton was charged with battery by the Newnan Police Department after she got into a fight at Rednexican restaurantin downtown Newnan, Yarbrough said. She was not charged with the aggravated assault on Payton, though, until she turned herself in to the Coweta County Jail on Tuesday.



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