Man, 51, Charged with Stabbing His Wife

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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A 51-year-old Blue Springs man has been arrested on charges of stabbing of his wife on Monday night, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced on Wednesday.

Willie E. Shepard, 51, faces domestic assault first degree, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon charges in connection with the stabbing.

According to court records, a witness told police that Shepard entered a room at a motel around 8 p.m. Monday, where his 36-year-old wife was with a female friend, when Shepard and his wife began to argue.

The 51-year-old tried to persuade his wife to leave the room with him, the witness told police, and when she refused, he pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times.

Prosecutors requested a $250,000 bond.

At last check, Julie remained in the hospital in critical condition.

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