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Suspect described stabbing

A man accused of stabbing his wife multiple times Tuesday afternoon in Floyd County was arrested at his parents’ home on Kingdom Come Creek.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields arrested the man, who he could only identify by his last name of Sturgill, at 120 Paradise Lane in Kingdom Come Creek. Fields said the man told him that he killed his wife by stabbing her in both eyes and elsewhere.

“He was covered in blood from head to toe,” said Fields.

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.

A state police dispatcher at Post 9 said that as of 6 p.m. Tuesday evening the woman was still alive. She was transported to Pikeville Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The dispatcher said police were still on the scene in Floyd County and the case was actively being investigated. The dispatcher did not release names of the victim or suspect.

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.

“He said, ‘Why don’t you just go ahead and blow my head off,’” Fields said of the exchange between the two.

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