Butler County Times Gazette
  • Updated: Stabbing leads to arrest

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  • A domestic disturbance in Newton Saturday led to 44-year-old Martin Luther King Smith of Newton being arrested for three counts of attempted murder.
    Saturday evening at just after 6 p.m. police were called to 123 S.E. Fifth, where they found three stabbing victims.
    "The suspect had been drinking," said Scott Powell of the Newton Police Department. "The female left and went to another residence to get away from him. A few minutes later, the suspect kicked in the door and started stabbing people."
    Smith allegedly stabbed three people — including one juvenile. A second juvenile cut themselves while trying to escape the house through a broken window.
    Powell said none of the injures suffered were life threatening.
    Smith then went to the Harvey County Jail to turn himself in, but apparently changed his mind.
    "The suspect went to turn himself into the jail, then he chose to fight officers," Powell said. "One officer suffered minor injuries in the scuffle. The officer was treated and released."
    Smith was booked into the Harvey County Detention Center on charges of attempted murder, aggravated burglary, felony obstruction, battery of law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, criminal threat, and aggravated endangerment to a child. He does not have a bond amount set at this time.
    Formal charges will be filed through the County Attorney's Office.
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