The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 20, 2012

Enid man accused of stabbing wife waives preliminary hearing

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A man being held in lieu of $500,000 bond on a charge accusing him of stabbing his wife with a pocket knife in August waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Jeremy Bill Birchfield waived having a hearing Tuesday on the felony charge of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Because of four prior felony convictions, Birchfield faces four years to life in prison.

Birchfield appeared Tuesday morning with his court-appointed attorney, Jeff Crites, before Special District Judge Brian Lovell. Birchfield told the judge he spoke with Crites about the waiver and understood what his decision meant.

Birchfield was bound over on the charge and given a appearance date of Nov. 30 before Associate District Judge Tom Newby.

Birchfield also had two applications to revoke suspended sentences filed in previous felony cases — one for animal cruelty and injury to a minor child and the other a case of unauthorized use of a vehicle and injury to a vehicle.

According to an affidavit filed in the newest case, Enid Police Department officers were sent to the 600 block of North 8th at 10:33 p.m. Aug. 16, in reference to a medical emergency.

Birchfield called 911 reporting his wife had fallen from the back of a vehicle and was stabbed by an unknown item when she fell, according to the affidavit. Birchfield stated his wife was having trouble breathing when he called 911.

When officers arrived on scene, Birchfield had walked his wife to their vehicle, put her inside and drove her to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, despite being advised by officers to wait for an ambulance.

Detective Jeff Weber spoke with Birchfield’s wife while she was being treated at the emergency room.

The woman told Weber she and Birchfield had been fighting, and she told him she was going to take her children with her to her mother’s to stay for the night.

She said Birchfield followed her to the porch as she left, then grabbed her hair as she reached the porch and pulled her back inside the residence, according to the affidavit. She said Birchfield began punching her in the head and back and threw her to the ground, jumping on top of her.

The woman said she saw Birchfield had a knife in his hand and also had blood all over his hands, according to the affidavit. She said while Birchfield was on top of her trying to stab her in the chest, she grabbed his hands and got him to calm down, according to the affidavit.

She said she asked Birchfield to get her kids out of the room so they wouldn’t see what had happened. She said Birchfield kicked the 2-year-old and then pushed her, causing her to fall on top of the 1-year-old and both of them to fall down. Birchfield then took the children to the bedroom.

The woman said she could not remember much more due to the pain she was in and because she was having trouble breathing.

Weber spoke with Birchfield Aug. 17 at Enid Police Department.

Birchfield said during the argument with his wife he began pulling items from his pockets, and one of the items was an orange pocket knife with the blade open, according to the affidavit. He said they continued to argue as he pulled items out of his pockets, and then his wife pushed him and he noticed he had cut her on the arm with the knife, according to the affidavit.

Birchfield denied knowing how the woman suffered any other cuts she obtained during the altercation. But Birchfield did admit the pocket knife had become lodged in a cast he had on his right arm, according to the affidavit. He said the blade on the knife was open and it was sticking out of the cast.

He said they continued to fight and were rolling around on the ground. He said he then noticed her injuries and that she was complaining of her back hurting, according to the affidavit.

Police served a search warrant at the home and found several spots of blood in the carpet in the living room. Blood also was found the kitchen floor and on a sheet separating the living room from a hallway. An orange cast was found in the kitchen trash.