Police: Woman stabs friend

Published 12:26 pm Monday, April 2, 2007

By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
A woman blamed her alleged assault of a neighbor Thursday on voices she heard in the neighbor's kitchen, police said.
Polly Stoudemire, 43, of Pineview Apartments on Oakwood Street in East Brewton, was arrested and charged with assault, second degree after stabbing a neighbor Thursday morning.
According to an incident report from the East Brewton Police Department, Ernestine Matthews, 54 of Pineview Apartments in East Brewton, was stabbed by Stoudemire in her home. Police identified the weapon as a broken, black-handled kitchen knife.
Officer Jayson Blackmon responded to the 911 call just after 9 a.m. on Thursday. In his report, Matthews reported that Stoudemire was in her home and had gone to the kitchen to look for some lard.
Stoudemire told police while she was in the kitchen of the victim's home, she heard a voice telling her Matthews was going to kill her. Stoudemire retrieved a knife and went into the room where Matthews was and stabbed her in the head, police reports said.
The extent of injuries was not known, but police personnel said the injuries were not life-threatening.
Stoudemire was taken to the Escambia County Detention Center, but jail officials said Friday she was not booked but was transferred to a mental facility for evaluation.