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Suspect arrested in recent stabbing

Thursday, January 17, 2013

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Dexter man is behind bars for his role in a stabbing that occurred in rural Dexter on Monday, Jan. 7.

Wesley Tackett, 21, has been arrested and charged with the Class A felony of assault in the first degree and the unclassified felony of armed criminal action.

Tackett is accused of having stabbed 30-year-old David Blankenship seven times during the altercation.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Stoddard County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Andy Holden, a call came in at 9:01 a.m. on Jan. 7, stating a man had sustained several stab wounds to the side, back and arm.

Law enforcement arrived to find two men with stab wounds. Tackett was found standing in front of a vehicle in the driveway of the residence.

It was determined by Holden that Tackett had sustained several "self-inflicted" stab wounds to the abdomen.

Blankenship was found lying on the ground near the front porch of the residence. Holden noticed several wounds including some to his back and one at the top of his left wrist.

A witness to the incident reportedly stated that Blankenship had been sitting on the arm of a sofa at the residence when Tackett walked up behind him and began stabbing him in the back.

After being separated and having removed the knife from Tackett, the witness began walking Blankenship outside to a car when he collapsed on the ground near the front porch.

Blankenship was flown by Air Evac to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. No update was available on his condition. Tackett was also treated for his wounds at St. Francis Medical Center.

Tackett's bond has been set at $75,000 cash only, and he remains in the Stoddard County Jail.

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