Thomas Joyner

Springfield man accused of stabbing woman in bloody attack

A Springfield man is accused of stabbing his wife during a domestic violence attack.

Thomas Joyner, 39, was charged in Clark County Municipal Court with felonious assault. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and his bond was set at $15,000.

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Springfield police began their investigation when they were called to a home on the 200 block of Rice Street for a report of a woman being stabbed. They spoke with the victim who was tending to stab wounds, an affidavit filed in the case says.

“I observed a large number of blood drops on the sidewalk near the intersection of Clifton Avenue and Rice Street,” an officer wrote in the affidavit.

Officers spoke with the woman who told them she and Joyner had a long verbal argument that resulted in her being stabbed, the affidavit says. Officers spoke to her again after she was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center.

“(The woman) stated that at 2 p.m., Mr. Joyner woke her up from the bed,” the affidavit says. She told police Joyner was upset that was staying up late and sleeping into the afternoon. She said Joyner argued with her from about 2 to 7 p.m. when she called 911, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit says the woman alleged after the phone call Joyner smacked her in the face and began to come after her. She left the house, but he followed her.

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“(The woman) stated Mr. Joyner pushed her down to the ground near the intersection of Rice Street and Clifton Avenue,” the affidavit says. “(The woman) stated she thought she was being punched but saw Mr. Joyner holding a black and silver steak knife. (The woman) stated that Mr. Joyner attempted to stab her in the side. (The woman) stated that she kicked Mr. Joyner with her right foot which caused (him) to stab her in her left arm instead.”

Around that time the woman said Joyner stopped stabbing her and said ‘I’m going to get a lot of time for this,’” the affidavit says. He then fled the scene, the affidavit alleges.

A next court date in the case had not been set Friday morning.

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