Hawkins Co. woman blames devil after allegedly stabbing husband

Hawkins County woman blames devil after allegedly crashing car into church, stabbing husband

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Stephanie Hamman (source: Church Hill Police Department) Stephanie Hamman (source: Church Hill Police Department)
Stephanie Hamman allegedly crasher her car through the doors at Providence Church. (source: Church Hill Police Department) Stephanie Hamman allegedly crasher her car through the doors at Providence Church. (source: Church Hill Police Department)

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

CHURCH HILL (WATE) - A Hawkins County woman was arrested Sunday after allegedly crashing her car into a church and stabbing her husband with a kitchen knife, saying the devil told her to do it.

Church Hill police say they were called to 230 Silver Lake Road, The Landings I-11 around 9:48 p.m. Sunday night.

The victim, Steven Hamman, said his wife Stephanie Hamman had left their apartment and wrecked her vehicle at Providence Church, across the street.

Mr. Hamman said he went to check on his wife and discovered she drove the car through the front doors of the church. He said his wife was lying in front of the altar. As he checked on her, he said she stated, "The devil is in me," and stabbed him on the right side of the chest with a large kitchen knife.

Mr. Hamman pulled the knife out of his chest and went back to his apartment where he waited on emergency help.

Officers later located Mrs. Hamman at the emergency room at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport.

She told officers she had decided to live for God and had been baptized at the church earlier that morning, but Pastor Joel Trigg said she was not baptized there.

She also told police that God had told her that smoking marijuana all day and night was not good for her, and that she should only smoke at night to help her relax. She also felt her husband was worshipping the NASCAR race at Bristol and was beginning to have thoughts that the devil put in her head.

She said she wanted to take several items to church that would make her feel better, but she could not get in because the doors were locked.

"So God told me He wanted me in there, so I drove my car through the front doors," she told officers. "God told me to, so I did it."

Pastor Joel Trigg says the insurance adjustors will be there Monday to assess the damage.

"The doors obviously are laying up into the foyer, we had two water fountains on the right hand side, they were both knocked off the wall, demolished," Trigg said. 

She said she then put all the things she brought to church to the altar, called her husband and told him she had wrecked. She claimed the devil told her to bring the kitchen knife, praying that she would not have to use it.

"When Steven came to check on me, I told him the devil was in me and I stabbed him in the heart.  Have you heard if he is dead or not?" she asked officers. "I smoke a bunch of weed.  I love to smoke it.  Sometimes when I do, I start seeing things that others don't.  Isn't God good?  He told me that this would happen, and just look, I am OK."

She said relatives took her to the hospital. Mrs. Hamman was arrested at the hospital and charged with attempted first degree murder and felony vandalism.

As of Sunday night, Mr. Hamman was still recovering at the same hospital where his wife was arrested.

"He seemed to be doing OK, and again our hearts really go out to them. We can sustain some damage to our building, we know in our church ministry is not really about buildings, it's about people," Trigg said.

Church Hill resident Kasey Nash says the whole community is in shock.

"It's kind of a little bit devastating especially considering the circumstances that it all happened under," Nash said.

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