Court documents say wife admitted to stabbing husband

NOW: Court documents say wife admitted to stabbing husband


ELKHART, Ind. -- A woman is facing murder charges after allegedly stabbing her husband, Jimmie Gillam, early Saturday morning after spending several hours drinking, according to court records.

On July 27, 2019 at 5:26 a.m., Elkhart Police were dispatched to 321 W. Jefferson Street for reports of a stabbing.

When officers arrived, they found Jimmie Lee Gillam on the front porch steps with a chest wound, reports said.

Officers noticed blood spatter at the back of the house, which appeared to have originated inside the home.

Fearing additional victims, they forced open the door and found more blood spatter on the floor inside the enclosed back porch.

Inside, officers found three juveniles but no additional victims.

Gillam was taken to Elkhart General Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased

An officer with the Elkhart County Homicide Unit saw Gillam at the emergency department and saw a 6-inch long laceration on the left side of his chest.

The doctor said the laceration severed Gillam's aorta.

During the investigation into the stabbing, detectives spoke with several witnesses about the incident.

One witness told police Knesha Carruthers, Gillam and several others were drinking on the enclosed back porch when Carruthers attempted to start a fight with Gillam, according to the probable cause affidavit.

When he didn't react, Carruthers slapped Gillam, and Gillam slapped Carruthers, reports said.

Carruthers then went into the kitchen and returned with a knife and stabbed Gillam once in the chest, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Carruthers then locked Gillam out of the house, reports said.

Gillam then went to the front porch where he collapsed.

Carruthers also spoke with detectives about the stabbing.

She told police Gillam punched her on the back of the head, so she went into the house, got a knife and when he came toward her, stabbed him, according to the probable cause affidavit.

She said she did not call 911 and didn't know who did, reports said.

When detectives searched the home they located a knife within a plastic container in the laundry room, reports said.

Carruthers is facing one count of murder. She was arrested Saturday at 11:35 a.m.

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