Tulsa woman charged with stabbing husband with a pocket knife

Enid Police Department

A 35-yar-old Tulsa woman was arraigned this week on a felony charge of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Rachel Dawn Pierce is accused of stabbing her husband, Derek Pierce, June 3 with a "sharp and dangerous weapon," according to the charges. She faces up to a year in county jail or up to 10 years in prison.

Rachel Pierce appeared before Special District Judge Brian Lovell Thursday. Lovell set bond for her at $10,000, with a condition of bond being she have no contact with her husband. Rachel Pierce was ordered to return to court July 1 for a bond appearance.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, at 1:50 a.m. on June 3 Enid Police Department officers were sent with lights and siren active to the area of 5700 E. Garriott for a welfare check.

Officer Ryan Peavy had made contact with Derek Pierce when Officer Dustin Fitzwater arrived on the scene, according to the affidavit. Fitzwater found Rachel Pierce sitting in a ditch on the southeast corner of Kremlin and Garriott.

Fitzwater told Rachel to get on her stomach and place her hands behind her back, according to the affidavit. Fitzwater noted when she did so her hands were covered in blood and there were small abrasions on the palm of her right hand.

Fitzwater placed Rachel into handcuffs and noted she was crying and saying her face hurt, according to the affidavit. Fitzwater asked Rachel what had happened. She said Derek punched her in the face so she stabbed him. She said he punched her five or six times.

Rachel said she thought the knife was in the top pocket of her purse but when offices searched for the knife it was not inside the purse, according to the affidavit. Officer searched the area for the knife but were unable to locate it.

Rachel continued to complain of her face hurting and said she could hardly move her jaw, according to the affidavit. Fitzwater noted in the affidavit he was unable to see any injuries to Rachel's face.

Fitzwater asked Rachel what started the altercation and she said Derek was jealous, according to the affidavit. Fitzwater noted he could not understand what Rachel was saying other than Derek called her a "nasty skank whore" and was going to mess up her face.

Fitzwater again asked what started the altercation and Rachel said her "infidelity as a wife," according to the affidavit. She said she stabbed Derek after he assaulted her face. Rachel was transported to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.

Sgt. Aaron Barber asked Rachel if when she woke up Derek was packing his bags. She said he was, according to the affidavit. Barber asked Rachel if that upset her and she said it did.

She said when she woke up Derek was "going crazy" over her infidelity as a wife, according to the affidavit. She said Derek was griping at her and calling her names.

She said that was when Derek spit in her face and Rachel said she spit back at Derek, according to the affidavit. Barber asked Rachel if she hit Derek after he spit in her face and Rachel said she thinks she made contact. She said that is when they started hitting each other.

Rachel said after Derek hit her in the face a couple of times she grabbed the knife and stabbed him, according to the affidavit.

Fitzwater noted while taking photos of Rachel he saw some swelling on the left side of her face, according to the affidavit. The hospital examined her and said the CT scan came back normal. Rachel was released with no apparent injuries.

Derek was admitted to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center with a cut to his upper left arm about 14 cm long, 4 cm wide and deep enough to see muscle and fat tissue, according to the affidavit. He also had a cut to his left pectoral muscle that required several staples.

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