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Preston County Woman Arrested After Stabbing Boyfriend

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A Preston County man was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital by ambulance his girlfriend allegedly stabbed him. 

Renee Martin, 44, of Independence, allegedly stabbed Chance Sell in the upper right arm with a knife Monday, July 10, according to Deputies. 

Deputies received a call from Sell's father reporting that his son had been stabbed. Sell's father told deputies that Sell had a "very deep and long laceration," according to a criminal complaint. 

Sell said that he and his girlfriend, Martin, were arguing when she cut him, according to a criminal complaint. Sell said that the incident occurred in a pick-up truck parked in the yard. Sell said that Martin fled from the scene on foot. 


Preston County 911 received a call from a neighboring resident reporting a female hiding under their pick-up truck, according to the criminal complaint. Deputies reported to the residence to find Martin. Martin stated that she was hiding because she was afraid of what Sell and his father would do to her, according to deputies.  

Martin said that Sell struck her head when she was attempting to clean a "cigarette machine" with a knife. Martin told deputies that she cut Sell, but was unsure of what had taken place or how she cut him. Martin also admitted to consuming alcohol prior to the incident, according to the criminal complaint. 

Martin said she felt uncomfortable at the residents on Clifton Salem Road, and went outside to sleep in the pick-up truck. Martin told deputies that Sell followed her outside, according to the criminal complaint. Martin stated that Sell was upset and slapped her on the left side of the face, knocking her out of the vehicle. Martin told deputies that she must have cut Sell when she fell out of the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint. Martin said that she does not remember how things happened or how she cut Sell, according to deputies. 

Deputies found two knives in the pick-up truck. Martin was able to describe one of the knives found in the vehicle as the knife she cut Sell with, according to a criminal complaint. 

Martin stated to deputies that she did not believe the knife was that sharp, according to deputies. She also did not believe that Sell's cut was that serious. 

Martin was charged with unlawful wounding. 

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