LIMA — A Lima woman who told police she stabbed her one-time boyfriend in self defense rejected a plea from prosecutors during her Wednesday court appearance.
Stacy Bridgewater, 34, was indicted in February by a grand jury on a second-degree felony count of felonious assault in connection with the Dec. 30, 2017, stabbing of Marvin Bledsoe at a South Sugar Street residence in Lima.
According to court documents, police were dispatched to the residence at 4 a.m. in reference to a stabbing. They located and detained Bridgewater at the scene. Bledsoe, who had fled the scene and was located at a nearby home suffering from a stab wound in his upper torso, was transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s in critical condition.
According to court documents, Bridgewater told police she and the victim had been involved in an on-again, off-again relationship for two or three years and had lived together during much of that time. In late December, Bridgewater told Bledsoe to move out of the home and he did so, but left some of his belongings behind.
Bridgewater said she returned home on the evening of Dec. 30 to find Bledsoe in her bedroom. The pair began to argue and the dispute turned physical, she told police. She said Bledsoe struck her in the face, forced her onto the bed and began to choke her. At that point, Bridgewater told police, she grabbed a knife and stabbed her attacker in self defense.
In Allen County Common Pleas Court Wednesday, assistant prosecuting attorney Terri Kohlrieser said the state has extended an offer — which remains on the table until June 7 — to lower the charge against Bridgewater from a second-degree felony count of felonious assault to a reduced charge of aggravated assault, a felony of the fourth degree.
Bridgewater’s attorney, Stephen Johnston, said his client was “not in a position to accept that offer at this time.”
A jury trial for Bridgewater is scheduled for mid-June.
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