05-16-2012, 10:53 PM #1
AR - Celestia Duffin, 32, pregnant, murdered, Fort Smith, 15 May 2012 *Insanity*
Newlywed husband 'stabs pregnant wife' who dies along with premature son in hospital.... just one WEEK after wedding (Daily Mail)
A newlywed man is being held on a murder charge Wednesday after his pregnant wife staggered into a western Arkansas police station with a stab wound to her chest and collapsed.
Emergency responders rushed Celestia Duffin, who was nearly seven months pregnant, to a local hospital where doctors delivered her baby, though they were too late and both she and her son died.
The couple married a week ago Wednesday, according to court records, but Herring told investigators they were already talking about divorce, Fort Smith police spokesman Sargent Daniel Grubbs said.
Authorities believe that Duffin was driving with her husband when Herring stabbed her and caused her to crash.
She managed to run to the nearby police station, where she asked for help before collapsing and losing consciousness.
About the same time, someone called police about the accident and found Herring, who 'appeared to be in a state of shock,' Mr Grubbs said in a statement.
11-18-2015, 06:41 AM #2
From August 2013:
James Saylor Herring, 35, was arrested May 15, 2012, after his wife, 32-year-old Celestia Marie Duffin, collapsed in the lobby of the Fort Smith Police Department...
On Thursday, Sebastian County Circuit Court Judge James Cox acquitted Herring by reason of mental disease or defect, based on the findings of Arkansas State Hospital Supervising Forensic Psychologist Michael J. Simon. Cox then ordered Herring returned to the custody of the state hospital.
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