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Stabbing suspect is named



A Floyd County man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed his wife multiple times on December 8 at his residence in Hi Hat.

Thurston Sturgill, 51, of Hi Hat, was arrested at his parents’ home on Kingdom Come Creek a few hours after the stabbing.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields arrested Sturgill at 120 Paradise Lane in Kingdom Come Creek. Fields said the man, who was covered in blood from head to toe, told him that he killed his wife, Tina Sturgill, 47, by stabbing her in both eyes and elsewhere.

Kentucky State Police alerted Letcher County law enforcement agencies that the man could be on his way to Letcher County from the Floyd County community of Hi Hat.

State police took custody of the man soon after the arrest. Thurston Sturgill remains lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center.

Tina Sturgill was transported to Pikeville Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Fields said he arrived at the Paradise Lane home to find the suspect “manifestly intoxicated” with a bottle of whiskey sitting on the table beside him. Fields said the suspect, who had been drunk for at least three days, described to him in gory detail the manner in which he stabbed his wife.

The investigation is ongoing by Kentucky State Police Post Nine Detective Tony Tackett.



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