Girlfriend charged with stabbing

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 10:24 p.m.

Alachua County sheriff's deputies found an injured man with multiple stab wounds in a parking lot of a southwest Gainesville apartment complex Tuesday evening.



Officers later arrested the man's girlfriend after she turned herself in and told investigators she acted in self-defense, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Sherry Shirue Curtis, 22, of Gainesville, was being held at the Alachua County jail on Wednesday morning on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, jail records showed.

No bond had been set for her release.

The Sheriff's Office had not released the man's name, reporting that they had not confirmed it as of early Wednesday.

The man, described as in his early 20s, had been stabbed multiple times in his upper torso. He remained unconscious and on a ventilator at a local hospital.

Investigators had not been able to speak with him due to the extent of his injuries, which were considered possibly life-threatening.

The man was found in the parking lot of Majestic Oaks Apartments at 5800 SW 20th Ave. at about 6:30 p.m.

Witnesses at the scene refused to cooperate with an investigation, the Sheriff's Office reported.

But a relative of Curtis later contacted officials, saying the woman wanted to turn herself in, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Steve Maynard.

Curtis did cooperate with officers, indicating she acted in self-defense. Maynard said the information she provided and the stabbing remain under investigation.

Officers had not verified that either Curtis or the man lived at the apartment complex. Court records list Curtis as a resident of Majestic Oaks.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the case to contact the Sheriff's Office at 352-955-1818, or call Crime Stoppers, where they would be eligible for a $1,000 reward, at 352-372-7867.

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