Clevelander charged in stabbings
by Chance Wright
Nov 27, 2012 | 4057 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Cleveland woman faces aggravated assault and possible other charges after she allegedly stabbed two women during a confrontation at 1003 Cypress St. in Cleveland early morning hours on Sunday.

According to Gerald Wesley Jr., chief deputy for the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department, a 911-call came into the department at approximately 4 a.m. and the caller said that an ambulance was needed because two people had been stabbed.

"When deputies arrived on the scene witnesses informed them that an altercation had broken out between three women; Clara Jackson, Veronica Matthews and Carolyn Matthews," said Wesley. "Deputies then found two of the three women with stab wounds."

Jackson and Carolyn Matthews had been stabbed and Veronica Matthews, 44, was taken into custody and charged in the assault.

Both victims were transported to Bolivar Medical Center from the scene.

Jackson's injuries were non life threatening but Carolyn Matthews' were and she was immediately airlifted to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, otherwise known as the Med, where she remains in critical condition at this time.

After an ensuing investigation and with assistance of the Cleveland Police Department, sheriff deputies picked up Veronica Matthews at her residence in Cleveland Monday morning.

She was officially charged with the assaults and booked into the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility awaiting her initial hearing before a judge.

According to the Mississippi Code of 1972, if convicted of aggravated assault Veronica could be sentenced to spend up to 20 years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for each count.

Other charges could follow including murder in the event that that Carolyn Matthews were to succumb to her injuries.

The Bolivar Commercial will have more information on this case as it unfolds.