Christina McConnell is accused of aggravated battery and tampering with evidence


FARMINGTON — Two people in separate cases have been charged with aggravated battery, including a woman accused of stabbing a man during an altercation Wednesday in Farmington.

Christina McConnell, 27, was charged on Thursday on accusations of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony, according to court records.

She is accused of stabbing her roommate during an incident Wednesday afternoon in the 300 block of West Gladden Avenue, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

McConnell did not have legal representation as of Monday morning, according to court records.

McConnell, the victim and others allegedly got in an altercation due to the victim not completing his share of the cleaning of the apartment they shared, the affidavit states.

Officers for the Farmington Police Department interviewed the victim at San Juan Regional Medical Center.

He had three puncture wounds to his lower back and a large laceration on his right forearm, according to court documents.

McConnell told police she stabbed the victim at least once.

She also stated she believed the victim was going to hurt her roommate Joe Shimmer and accused the victim of punching Shimmer in the face, according to court documents.

The victim accused Shimmer of throwing a punch at him during the altercation. Shimmer has not been charged in connection with the incident, according to court records.

Before McConnell and Shimmer spoke to Farmington police, she told police she washed the knife that she used to stab the victim.

McConnell was booked and released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on Thursday.

She has a summons issued for her first appearance in Farmington Magistrate Court at 8 a.m. on Oct. 2, according to court documents.

In a separate case, a Shiprock man is accused of striking a man near the Farmington Indian Center multiple times with a backpack that contained a bottle of alcohol, according to court documents.

Stanley Salt, 49, is accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, according to court documents.

He did not have legal representation as of Monday morning, according to court records.

Farmington police were dispatched at 2:50 p.m. on Sept. 12 at 100 E. Elm St. and were told by a male victim that he had been beaten up by a man later identified as Salt, according to the probable cause statement.

Blood was running down the victim's neck, and he a had a large laceration above one of his eyebrows, according to court documents.

A witness told police she saw Salt strike the victim in the head with a backpack three times. A black backpack with a bottle of vodka was recovered at the scene.

Salt declined to speak to police about the incident.

He had a warrant for failing to appear in a case where he is accused of a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest and two petty misdemeanor charges, according to court records.

Salt's preliminary hearing on the aggravated battery charge is set for 8 a.m. on Wednesday, according to court records.

He was released on Saturday from the county jail after posting a $600 bond.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

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