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Benson woman faces charges after fight leaves a man with a stab wound

BENSON — A Benson woman is facing charges after a fight Saturday left a man with a stab wound from a kitchen knife.

Valeria Ann Boyd, 26, made her first appearance Monday in Swift County District Court. She has been charged with two felonies for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, as well as a misdemeanor charge for domestic assault with the intent to harm.

Both parties involved say the other individual woke up angry, and that tension built from there. Their accounts, in interviews by a Benson police officer at the scene and later at the Swift County Jail and the hospital, differ past that point.

According to court documents, the man told police that he was about to go for a walk when Boyd became angry and told him to leave.

He went to grab the television and told Boyd he was taking it with him. It was then, he said, that Boyd allegedly began dragging him backwards, and stabbed him in the arm with a knife “like one used to cut potatoes.” He allegedly attempted to grab the knife at one point, which led to a cut on his hand.

Boyd’s account is different.

She told police an argument started that morning, and she was helping the man get his bags when he went into the kitchen and grabbed the knife. Boyd told police she took it away, which is when the man got a cut on his hand.

She allegedly told him to leave, but he grabbed her by the neck and choked her. Then, he advanced toward her, and she said she stabbed him in defense.

Police noted a fresh stab wound on the man’s bicep at the scene, and a cut on his left hand. The criminal complaint says police did not observe any injuries to Boyd’s neck.

Boyd’s next hearing is scheduled for March 15. Her bail was set at $40,000.

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