Man says not guilty of stabbing woman

Tony Griffin of Mountain Home, who faces charges of stabbing a woman earlier this month, appeared during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday and entered a not guilty plea. The 47-year-old Griffin is charged with first-degree criminal attempt to commit murder and third-degree battery. He is being held in the Baxter County Detention Center.

Griffin was arrested after police were dispatched to a Mountain Home motel and reported finding two individuals covered in blood. Griffin is alleged to have admitted stabbing the victim.

According a report from the Mountain Home Police Department, Griffin and the woman were heard arguing, and he was said to have grabbed the victim by the throat, pulled her from the bicycle she was on and stabbed her a number of times.

Griffin is alleged to have told officers the woman owed him money and had threatened to have him "taken care of." He is said to have demonstrated to police officers how he had grabbed the victim and stabbed her.

When the woman was interviewed at Baxter Regional Medical Center, she said she had been staying in Griffin's motel room for nearly two weeks. She said on the day of the altercation, she had gone to the motel to return Griffin's room key. She told police she was trying to end the relationship with her attacker.

The victim said Griffin had grabbed and stabbed her and was attempting to pull her into his room when others arrived to assist, after they heard the woman's cries for help.

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