Arizona woman pleads not guilty in stabbing

Noel Lyn Smith

FARMINGTON — An Arizona woman has pleaded not guilty to stabbing a woman last month at the Wal-Mart on West Main Street.

Jerlene Marcia Heyde

Jerlene Marcia Heyde entered her plea on Thursday in addition to waiving her right to an arraignment hearing that was scheduled for today in the 11th Judicial District Court in Aztec, according to court records.

Her case was bound over to district court from Farmington Magistrate Court.

Heyde, 33, is accused of aggravated battery against a household member, as well as tampering with evidence.

Both charges were filed after Heyde allegedly stabbed her girlfriend on Jan. 6 as they sat in a vehicle in the parking lot of the retail store.

Heyde left the scene and later was found walking on West Apache Street by an officer with the Farmington Police Department, according to a court document.

When questioned by police, Heyde denied knowing about the stabbing and the location of the knife used in the incident, the document states. She later told officers she hid the knife in a trash can and showed them where it was located, according to the document.

Her attorney, James Stackhouse, said today Heyde pleaded not guilty to both charges. He declined to comment further on the case.

Heyde remained in custody today at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

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