DECATUR — Police said two Decatur sisters who fought each other with brass knuckles and a knife are facing preliminary domestic battery charges.

A sworn affidavit said the siblings, ages 45 and 40, got into a verbal argument in an apartment Sunday afternoon, and it quickly escalated into violence.

The younger sister, backed up by family witnesses, said her older sibling armed herself with a pair of brass knuckles and beat her about the head and face as the two exchanged blows. Police said they observed the 40-year-old to have suffered bleeding cuts, bruising and ripped hair “consistent with being struck in the head and face multiple times.”

Decatur man who won't stop fighting gets arrested, police say

Each sister accused the other of attacking the other first, according to the affidavit, and the 45-year-old said she retreated to a bedroom. Police said she later heard a knock at the door she took to be her 61-year-old mother but, when she opened it, she found her younger sibling standing there armed with a “large knife” which she used to slash at her several times before inflicting a half-inch cut to her older sister’s right forearm, the wound also witnessed by patrol officers.

The 45-year-old sister was booked on charges of domestic battery and unlawful use of a weapon. She remained held in the Macon County Jail on Monday night in lieu of $5,000 bond. She also faces an unrelated preliminary charge of theft for failing to return a rental car valued at $14,700. 

Her 40-year-old sibling faces preliminary charges of domestic battery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. She is free after posting $5,000 bond.

Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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