NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man is accused of stabbing a woman more than 15 times and throwing her off a second-floor balcony of an apartment.
Matthew Stallings is charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault of a female, communicating threats, first-degree burglary, and assault with a deadly weapon.
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says Stallings broke into an apartment in the 4500 block of Coddington Loop shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday.
A warrant states the woman was sleeping when Stallings assaulted her. Authorities say she was then stabbed with a pocket knife more than 15 times, five of which were to her neck, and thrown from a second-floor balcony, dropping more than 14 feet to the ground.
The victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. She is now in stable condition.
NHSO says this was a domestic incident.
Stallings was found in Duplin County and arrested
During his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon, it was said that a child was also at the apartment during the stabbing. The victim’s attorney told WWAY the woman planned to get a restraining order against Stallings Thursday morning.
“This is one of the most horrendous domestic violence cases in my 40 years,” the attorney said.
In court, Stallings was given a $5 million bond. The judge says if he were to make bond, Stallings would be required to be under electronic monitoring, be on house arrest with the exception of going to work, and wouldn’t be allowed to speak to the victim or the child.
The victim’s lawyer says more charges could be filed.
Stallings’ next court appearance is at 9 a.m. on January 28.
If found guilty, the judge in court said Stallings would face life in prison without parole.