Man says he accidentally stabbed wife instead of skunk

By: Hilary Magacs Email
By: Hilary Magacs Email

ATHENS, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It was along Congress Parkway early Friday morning where a man was trying to flag down cars, in desperate need of help. Officers said Adrian Hall's wife, Janie, was on the ground bleeding. Hall told police they lived in a tent in the woods nearby.

"The male subject stated that they were asleep when a skunk came in the tent and startled him and the female and at that point, he was trying to get the skunk to leave the tent and he had stabbed at it, and accidently stabbed his wife," said Detective Josh Rhodes, with the Athens Police Department.

Detective Rhodes said Hall told them he stabbed his wife in the ankle with a piece of metal, but said he lost the piece of metal when he was taking his wife up to the side of the road to flag down help.

Crews rushed Janie Hall to the hospital, where she later died. Hall is now charged with aggravated assault, but could face more charges pending Janie's autopsy.

"It's very bizarre, but there's all kinds of weird stuff going on now-a-days," said Rhonda Barker, who works at the bowling alley across the road from where it happened.

"I've heard that there is some homeless people living over there across the street. We see a few people coming up and down through here that look like they might fit the description of homeless," said Barker.

Rhodes said the Halls' tent was the only tent in the woods. He said officers will increase patrols in the area, and said others camping there could be charged with trespassing.

Officers haven't found the weapon yet, but they took several medications from the scene, including an empty bottle of Hydrocodone prescribed to Janie Hall and over-the-counter drugs.

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