(Riverton, Wyo.) – A 23-year-old Riverton woman is facing a single charge of Aggravated Assault and Battery after she allegedly stabbed her aunt.
Margaret Goodman could face up to 10 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines if she is found guilty of the crime. The preliminary hearing was waived, and her case has been bound over to the Ninth District Court in Lander, which processes felony cases. She is currently being held in jail on a $100,000 cash only bond. An arraignment date, where Goodman will enter a plea, has not yet been set.
The charge alleges that Goodman “attempted to cause or intentionally or knowingly caused bodily injury to another person with a deadly weapon.”
Arriving to the scene of the call on Apache Avenue on July 30, a Riverton Police Officer observed a woman “holding a towel to her left side of her neck and blood covered the entire front of her body,” the affidavit filed in the case states. The affidavit was written by RPD Sgt. Scott Peters.
The wound was described as a 6-inch clean slice. After some questioning, the victim said her niece, Margaret Goodman had attacked her. “They were talking, not fighting, when all of the sudden, without warning and unprovoked, the Defendant pulled a knife she did not see from her pocket and stabbed her in the throat,” the affidavit says, summarizing the victim’s statements.
In an interview with Goodman, she reportedly told investigators that a fight broke out at a party between the alleged victim and another individual over a man. The affidavit states that Goodman took the victim outside to calm her down, but the now alleged victim began hitting her, which made Goodman angry. Sometime in the course of the situation, Goodman said she came into possession of a blue handled box cutter. “She said she ‘blacked out’ due to her bi-polar disorder because she had not been taking medication,” the affidavit states. “She initially stated that she did not remember slashing or cutting (the victim) but then said that she had done it.” She also remembered helping put pressure on the wound afterward to slow the bleeding.
An FBI agent also reportedly had been in contact with Goodman, who said she told him that she had “cut her cousin’s throat with a box cutter.”