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Knox Woman Accused of Attacking Husband With Knife Enters Guilty Plea

Saturday, February 22, 2020 @ 12:02 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

gavel 2aCLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – A Knox woman who allegedly attacked her husband with a knife and then struck, scratched, shoved, and punched two other family members who attempted to stop her entered a guilty plea in court on Wednesday.

Laura Texter, 56, of Knox, entered a guilty plea on two second-degree misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person on Wednesday, February 19, in the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas.

As a result of the plea agreement, the following charges were dismissed:

– Aggravated Assault, Felony 1 (two counts)
– Aggravated Assault, Felony 2
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (four counts)
– Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary (four counts)

Sentencing for the case is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, with Judge Sara J. Seidle-Patton presiding.

Texter is currently free on $75,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in Beaver Township on Saturday, October 5.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on October 5, Trooper Lingle, of the Clarion-based State Police, was dispatched to a residence on Grace Road in Knox, Beaver Township, Clarion County, for a report of an active domestic violence incident between family members.

The complaint notes that when Trooper Lingle and Corporal Yockey arrived at the scene, they observed Laura Texter outside the residence physically harassing the victims.

According to the complaint, the first victim, Texter’s husband, reported that Texter had physically attacked him with a knife, cutting him on his left forearm, and had also bitten his right upper arm.

The second victim told police that as he was attempting to stop Texter, she hit him in the left side of his ribs with the knife three times, causing marks, the complaint states.

A third victim reported that she also attempted to stop the fight when Texter clawed her face with her fingernails causing marks to her face. The third victim also stated that Texter had shoved her and punched her in the face several times, according to the complaint.

The complaint also indicates that as Texter was being placed under arrest, she intentionally kicked Corporal Yockey several times and stated she wanted to “kick him in his face.”

Texter was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Amy Long Turk at 7:30 p.m. on October 5.


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