An Ector County jury found a woman guilty Wednesday of stabbing her husband with a carving knife during Thanksgiving in 2016.
The defendant, 43-year-old Misty Bailey, was found guilty of aggravated assault against family with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony, and sentenced to 2 years in prison and fined $5,000. The trial began Tuesday, after it was delayed a week, in the 161st District Court of Judge John Smith. Court records list Josh Stephens as her court-appointed attorney.
Bailey was arrested Nov. 24, 2016, Thanksgiving Day, and was indicted in February 2017.
Officers were called about the stabbing that day at about 4:15 p.m. in the 4300 block of Delwood Avenue. Police previously said that is where Bailey stabbed her common-law husband, 36-year-old Ryan Watson, who had already been taken to Medical Center Hospital in a private vehicle when officers arrived. Watson was released from the hospital soon after.
Odessa Police Department Spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur previously said Bailey had used a “large knife with a serrated edge” that was “like one of them used for cutting a turkey.”
Bailey had told police her husband had slapped her during an argument, an affidavit stated, adding that she grabbed what she thought was a spoon and hit Watson with it. She told police she had mistakenly grabbed the knife and unintentionally cut Watson.
Her husband told police he had thrown a plate of food which only hit the floor during an argument, the report detailed, and Bailey slapped him. He added that Bailey pushed him away, then grabbed a knife and charged at him swinging it. Watson told police he was yelling “you’ve got a knife” as she swung it, cutting his hand, before throwing the knife, the report added.
Three witnesses’ accounts were consistent with Watson’s version of events, the affidavit detailed.
Bailey will be eligible for parole after one year of her sentence has been served.