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Tazewell native allegedly crashes into church, stabs husband

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CHURCH HILL, Tenn. (WVVA) -  A Tazewell County native has been charged with attempted murder after a bizarre incident in which she allegedly stabbed her husband -- who she believed was "worshipping" the Bristol NASCAR race.

Stephanie Hamman, 23, was arrested Sunday night after allegedly driving her vehicle into Providence Church, then stabbing her husband, Steven, in the chest with a kitchen knife.

Police responded to the report of a stabbing at 9:48 p.m. Upon arrival, Steven Hamman told police that his wife had left their residence and wrecked her vehicle at the church across the street.

Steven told police he went to check on his wife and found her lying in front of the altar inside the church. As he checked on her, his wife allegedly told him "the devil is in me," then stabbed him in the right side of his chest.

Steven said he pulled the knife from his chest and went back to their apartment where he waited on EMS assistance.

Approximately 20 minutes later, the responding officer learned that Stephanie Hamman was at a nearby emergency room, where she explained to police that God had told her to go into the church, and the devil had led her to stab her husband because she felt he was worshipping the NASCAR race in Bristol.

"God told me He wanted me in there, so I drove my car through the front doors," she is quoted in a news release as saying. "When Steven came to check on me, I told him the devil was in me and I stabbed him in the heart.  Have you heard if he is dead or not?"  

Stephanie also told police God told her that she only needed to smoke marijuana at night, to relax.

"I smoke a bunch of weed.  I love to smoke it.  Sometimes when I do, I start seeing things that others don't." Stephanie was quoted as saying. "Isn't God good? He told me that this would happen, and just look, I am okay."  

Stephanie Hamman was taken to jail, charged with attempted murder and felony vandalism.

Following is the full police account of the incident:

On 3/16/14 at 9:48 p.m. Church Hill Public Safety Officer Daniel Byington was dispatched to 230 Silver Lake Rd., The Landings I-11 in reference to a male that had been involved in a stabbing.  Upon arrival the victim, identified as Steven Hamman, stated his wife, Stephanie Hamman, had left the residence and wrecked her vehicle at Providence Church, located across the street from their apartment.  Mr. Hamman stated he went to check on his wife, and discovered she had driven her vehicle through the front doors of the church (moments later CHPD officers found that a vehicle had driven into the church causing damage and then fled the scene).  Hamman stated he found his wife lying in front of the altar, and as he checked on her, she stated, "The devil is in me", and stabbed him on the right side of his chest with a large kitchen knife (the knife used has been recovered by CHPD).   Mr. Hamman stated he pulled the knife out of his chest and fled the scene.  He went back to the apartment where he waited on police and EMS assistance.  

Approximately twenty minutes later, Byington learned that Stephanie Hamman was at the emergency room at HVHMC.   Byington "Mirandized" Hamman and she made the following statements.  Mrs. Hamman stated she decided to live for God and got baptized at Providence Church this morning (a statement that has not been verified).  She stated God had told her that smoking marijuana all day and all night was not good for her, and that she only needed to smoke it at night to help her relax.  Mrs. Hamman further stated that she felt her husband Steven was worshipping the NASCAR race at Bristol, which made her mad, and she began having thoughts that the devil put in her head.  Mrs. Hamman stated she wanted to take several things to the church this evening that would make her feel better, but she could not get in because the doors were locked.  Mrs. Hamman stated, "So God told me He wanted me in there, so I drove my car through the front doors."  Mrs. Hamman stated the damage is trivial to anything that happened.  "God told me to, so I did it."  

Mrs. Hamman also stated, "After I drove through the doors, I put all the things I brought to the church at the altar.  I called Steven and told him I had wrecked.  I laid down in front of the altar until he got there.  The devil told me to take the kitchen knife with me.  I prayed I would not have to use it on him, but I did."  Mrs. Hamman further stated, "When Steven came to check on me, I told him the devil was in me and I stabbed him in the heart.  Have you heard if he is dead or not?"  "I smoke a bunch of weed.  I love to smoke it.  Sometimes when I do, I start seeing things that others don't.  Isn't God good?  He told me that this would happen, and just look, I am okay."  Hamman also stated that her "relatives brought her to the hospital.    I was riding with them to a party at the racetrack when they brought me here.  I was outside digging in the mud when the devil told me I need to go there.  I knew God would help me live right."  Byington placed Hamman under arrest at HVHMC and transported her to the HCSD jail.  Hamman is charged with attempted first degree murder and felony vandalism.  

 

 

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