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DECATUR — A Decatur woman who police said inflicted a life-threatening stab wound on her boyfriend has pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated domestic battery, a Class 2 felony.

Maeoritha L. Bailey, 43, is accused of stabbing the 44-year-old man on the left upper side of his chest as the culmination of an all-night argument March 30 in their home. She was formally arraigned in Macon County Circuit Court on April 25, and the case was scheduled for the trial list of Judge Thomas Griffith.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur police officer James Knierim said Bailey’s daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend heard the couple arguing so much the night of the incident that the boyfriend couldn’t sleep. Knierim said the boyfriend heard the victim yell out something like “What are you going to do, stab me?” and, five minutes later, Bailey knocked at their bedroom door.

“(She) asked to use the phone and stated, ‘I stabbed him,’” the boyfriend is quoted as telling Knierim. The officer described the victim as being “rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries” that were treated successfully.

Bailey is quoted as initially denying being responsible and then changing her story to say she had been fighting with the victim over the knife which he held to her pelvic area while accusing her of cheating on him.

She said she had been cut in her pelvic area during the struggle and the victim had ended up “stabbing himself” accidentally. “She said she rolled over on top of him and (he) yelled and the knife was sticking into his chest,” Knierim said in the affidavit.

But a female police officer checked and found no signs of any wounds on Bailey or knife marks on her clothing to support her story, the affidavit said. Bailey is being held in the Macon County Jail in lieu of posting $100,000 bond.

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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