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FARMINGTON — A 33-year-old woman is facing charges in connection to a stabbing that occurred last week at the Wal-Mart on West Main Street.

Jerlene Marcia Heyde, of Many Farms, Ariz., was charged on Jan. 6 in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated battery against a household member and evidence tampering.

She was arraigned on Monday and remained in custody today at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Farmington police were dispatched at approximately 2:28 p.m. on Jan. 6 to Wal-Mart at 1400 W. Main St. in reference to a stabbing that had occurred in the parking lot, according to a statement of probable cause.

When officers arrived at the scene, they were provided a description of the suspect, later identified as Heyde.

Heyde was found by an officer walking on West Apache Street and transported back to Wal-Mart. She initially denied knowing about the stabbing and the whereabouts of the knife that was used in the incident.

After additional questioning, Heyde said she hid the knife in a trash can and would show officers where it was located. The knife was eventually located by an officer near West Apache Street and Blake Road.

Heyde was transported to the police department, where she was interviewed again. During the interview, she told officers that her girlfriend drove her that morning to Wal-Mart.

Heyde said her girlfriend walked away with the car keys, and she wanted the keys returned, since it was her vehicle. When Heyde could not find her girlfriend, she contacted police but did not want to file charges and was advised to contact the police if the girlfriend returned.

Heyde said she found her girlfriend after officers left Wal-Mart, and the couple met another friend and started drinking alcohol. She said her girlfriend's personality changed, and she wanted to have sex in the parking lot, so they returned to the car.

Heyde told police that while inside the vehicle, her girlfriend got a hold of Heyde's pocketknife, and when Heyde tried to get the knife back, the girlfriend fell on the knife twice during the struggle. She added that when she was getting the knife away, she accidentally stabbed the girlfriend in the neck.

According to the statement, the girlfriend was transported to the emergency room and was later interviewed by an officer.

The girlfriend said they went to Wal-Mart to meet her mom. While they were waiting, they started to argue about the car keys.

She also told officers that Heyde started eating a sandwich and cutting it with a knife.

At one point, Heyde leaned in as if she wanted a hug, and when the girlfriend moved toward Heyde, she felt something warm, then looked down and saw she was bleeding, according to the statement.

The girlfriend started walking toward Wal-Mart before collapsing, according to the statement.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.

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