Thursday, January 31, 2008

In 911 call, man admitted stabbing girlfriend

An Evansville, Indiana man was held on a $500,000 bond after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend three times — an act to which he calmly admits in a 911 call placed right after the attack. Richard Worley is facing a preliminary charge of attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed Debra Cook twice in the back and once in the chest. The attack came at the end of an argument in their apartment.

Evansville Police Department spokesman Cpl. Steve Green said Cook's injuries are considered life-threatening. According to an affidavit, Cook pleaded with Worley to let her go after the stabbings and then to call 911 for an ambulance, which he did. In a recording of Worley's phone call, he said, "I just stabbed my girlfriend three times." Worley then gave his address and told the dispatcher Cook was having trouble breathing.

Cook told police she fled after an argument, but thinking the fight was over, she went into the kitchen to wash dishes. The affidavit said she was then stabbed in the back a couple of times, which caused her to fall to the ground. The affidavit said she could see Worley standing over her with a knife.

He is accused of then stabbing her once in the chest. Police recovered a bloody knife on the kitchen counter. In the 911 recording, Worley tells dispatchers that is where he placed it after the stabbing. Worley and Cook had reportedly been a couple for three years. (info from Evansville Indiana Courier & Press)

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