A man who stabbed his teen-age girlfriend after accusing her of seeing another man has been bound to the grand jury on felony charges.
The defendant, Jeffery D. Smartt, 19, was bound to the grand jury after a preliminary hearing on charges of aggravated domestic assault and vandalism.
His charges come after he stabbed his 17-year-old girlfriend with a hunting knife during an argument which erupted in his vehicle during a date.
“I asked him about some text he got and then he said I must be seeing someone else if I was asking about what was on his phone,” the teen-age girl said choking back tears during preliminary hearing. “Then he said, ‘You’re going to tell me who you are seeing’ and I told him I wasn’t seeing anybody. Then he took out a knife from the door panel and cut me.”
The cut opened a gash in her leg which took six stitches to close.
The victim said Smartt apologized after stabbing her, saying he did not mean to do it.
“How could you not mean to do that?” the girl questioned from the witness stand, noting Smartt dropped her off near her home and drove away following the stabbing.
Smartt faces three to six years in prison if convicted. He is also charged with vandalism for destroying the victim’s cellphone.