Woman stabs boyfriend

Jessica Lowe
Jessica Lowe

A Gray woman is facing multiple assault charges after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend and then fought with Knox County Sheriff’s deputies and Kentucky State Police when they found the butcher knife on her person at the Knox County Hospital Sunday afternoon.

Thirty-two-year-old Jessica Lowe reportedly had to be tazed before law enforcement was able to restrain her and secure her in handcuffs.

According to Deputy Carl Frith, he was initially called to 88 Elk River Court off of Old Barbourville Hwy. in Gray in response to a domestic dispute involving Lowe and her live-in boyfriend James Barton that had turned physical.

When Frith arrived on the scene, he reportedly found Lowe walking down the road, with a cut to her arm.

Lowe was taken by ambulance to Knox County Hospital.

Frith continued on to the scene where emergency personnel were working on Barton, who had been stabbed in the side, with what Frith later described as a “butcher knife.”

Barton was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition.

“He was taken straight into surgery, so I didn’t have a chance to speak with him,” Frith said.

Frith said Lowe declined to speak to officers.

“She was so messed up, you couldn’t get anything out of her,” Frith said of Lowe.

Following treatment, officers attempted to search Lowe prior to taking her to the Knox County Detention Center.

Frith said Lowe began fighting with officers and pulled out the butcher knife that had reportedly been hidden in the back waistband of her pants.

While holding his hand on the blade of the knife, Frith said he deployed his Tazer and was able to gain control of Lowe.

Frith suffered a minor cut on his hand.

Lowe has been charged with first-degree assault, third-degree assault upon a police officer, second-degree fleeing or evading police and tampering with physical evidence.

At her arraignment Monday in Knox District Court, a not-guilty plea was entered on Lowe’s behalf.

Lowe is scheduled to return to court at 11 a.m. Tuesday for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is probable cause to present the case to a Knox County grand jury.

Lowe remains in the Knox County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond.