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Two people charged in Farmington stabbing

Steve Garrison
stgarrison@daily-times.com
Delayna Ross

FARMINGTON — Two people have been charged in a stabbing near the Farmington Indian Center.

Delayna Ross, 41, and Landon Atsitty, 36, were each charged June 30 in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

Ross waived her right to a preliminary examination hearing on July 6 and is set to be arraigned in district court later this month. Her attorney, Mark Curnutt, said Monday Ross remained jailed, and he is reviewing her potential treatment options.

Landon Atsitty

Atsitty is scheduled to appear July 27 at a preliminary examination hearing. He is out on bond, according to court records. Atsitty's attorney, Scott Curtis, could not be reached for comment.

Farmington police were dispatched shortly after midnight on June 29 to the area of the Farmington Indian Center, 100 W. Elm St., after receiving reports of a stabbing, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Police learned 36-year-old Deana Tom had been stabbed at the scene and already had been transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center, the affidavit states. She was treated there for wounds to her left eye and left shoulder, and a defensive wound that severed a tendon in her finger.

Tom told police at the hospital she was stabbed by Ross during a fight near the Indian Center, according to the affidavit.

Police found Ross and Atsitty asleep at a makeshift camp south of the center. Ross was covered in dried blood and had numerous scratches on her body and legs, according to the affidavit.

Ross told police she sustained the cuts after falling into a bush, the affidavit states. Police also found at the camp a blood-covered folding knife, which Atsitty said belong to him, according to the affidavit.

Ross and Atsitty were transported to the Farmington Police Department for questioning, the affidavit states.

Ross told police Atsitty gave her the knife, which she used to stab Tom, according to the affidavit.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.