SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Sabine County Sheriff's Office arrested a 35-year-old woman Saturday night after she allegedly stabbed a woman following an argument at a post-funeral dinner for a family member who had died.
Charlene Brown, 35, of Hemphill, was booked into the Sabine County Jail on a felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.
According to Chief Deputy George Griffith, SCSO deputies were dispatched to a home in the 300 block of Dayton Godwin Road at about 8:24 p.m. Saturday. Griffith said Brown and the 34-year-old victim were both at a dinner that occurred after a family member died.
After the two women got into an argument, Brown stabbed the victim twice, including one wound to the lower back, Griffith said. The alleged victim was taken by ambulance to Hemphill and was later airlifted to a Tyler hospital.
Brown was arrested at the scene and taken to the Sabine County Jail.
A crime of passion is what the neighbors called the stabbing. It was supposed to be a post-funeral dinner for a family member, but the mourning was soon interrupted.
"He's a good guy, but nobody is worth that," said Brittany Richards, the victim's sister. "We were at a dinner for the funeral, and she told my sister she needed to leave."
Richards says her sister began dating Charlene Brown's husband after the two had split up and gone their separate ways.
"Charlene left her husband in February and left him for another man," Richards said.
Both women ended up in the same room after the funeral, Richards said.
"She tried to stab her in the throat then stabbed her in the side. My sister only has one kidney," Richards said.
Richards says now all her family can do is heal and move forward.
"I mean I could have lost my sister. You never know what day is promised. We're burying someone's mom, and five minutes later, I could have been burying my sister," Richards said.
Brown has since posted bail.