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UPDATE: Stabbing Suspect Turns Herself In/ Victim's Dad Speaks Out
MORAINE -- Chantell Spears, 39, wanted on suspicion of the stabbing death of her boyfriend, turned herself in to police Wednesday.
Spears has been in hiding since Sunday. She didn't say a word while turning herself in to police, instead she let her lawyer do the talking.
Spears' attorney John Rion said in a press conference that he takes issue with the Moraine Police Department investigation and says Spears' boyfriend Delshaun Jones, 32, has a criminal history, which includes serving time for felonious assault.
Jones was convicted in 2008 of aggravated robbery and felonious assault. He served three years and four months in prison. He had been on parole from 2010 for a period of five years.
He refutes the police claim that Spears was to be considered armed and dangerous. Instead, Rion says, Spears has been the victim of abuse.
Moraine Police say Spears is suspected in the stabbing death of Jones, after officers found him lying on a Moraine sidewalk with stab wounds to his chest.
"It shows some of the injuries she sustained when he kicked her knocked her down and assaulted her," Rion said while holding up the picture of Spears with a busted lip.
Early Sunday morning Jones was at an ex-girlfriend's house and Spears showed up. She told her lawyer she went there per his request to take their 7-month-old child to the hospital. When she arrived Jones began to assault her.
"It was self-defense," said Rion. "He was on top of her, in her car as she was trying to get away when her hand found the knife in the car and to her surprise this happened."
Spears says she didn't know she stabbed Jones in the chest until he told her she did so. She says he got off of her and she was able to drive home.
"The lawyers are getting paid to throw a smokescreen up but there's no smoke here. She came to him with this drama and she left with him dead and she's got to pay something for that," said Jones' father Casper. "I'm not mad at her because being mad at her won't bring my son back but the law has to handle this in a proper way."
Jones' father says his son was getting ready to leave Spears and she was not going to let him leave.
"She was way past jealous. She was a stalker by no stretch of the imagination," Casper said. "This is not the first time she attacked him. A matter of fact she slashed his tires a couple times and tore up other women's cars here. In Dayton, Ohio, a lot of guys have a baby but how many of them stalk them and kill them because they were leaving? That ain't no excuse. He could date whoever he wants to date because he wasn't married to her. All the obligations he has was to his son."
Jones' family says they are not certain when the photo of Spears' injury was taken, and say Jones' past has nothing to do with this crime.
Full Statement from Chantell Spears regarding stabbing:
On Sunday, July 21, 2013 in the early morning hours, Chantell Spears was attacked by Delshaun Jones, as she was meeting him, per his request, to take their 7-month-old child to the hospital. When she arrived they both got out of their cars and Delshaun hit her in the face. He continued to hit her and kick her. She fell to the ground and he kicked her while she was on the ground. At one point, she was able to get away, and she got into her car. The drivers door was open, and he lunged on top of her and continued to hit her. As he was on top of her, she felt a knife on the floor, and attempted to use it in a defensive manner. She did not know that Delshaun Jones had been stabbed until he told her that he had, at which time he ultimately got off of her which enabled her to close the door and drive home.
Questions from lie detector:
1. Did you enter into a plan to murder Delshaun?
2. Did you fear for your safety while Delshaun was hitting you?
3. Was Delshaun assaulting you when you stabbed him?
4. When you got into your car was it your intention to leave the area? Answer: Yes
- Original Charge: Felonious Assault ( Deadly Weapon)
- Indicted Charge:
- Aggravated robbery (deadly weapon) - convicted
- Weapons while under disability (prior offense of violence) - dismissed
- Felonious assault (deadly weapon) - convicted
- Assault (serious harm) - dismissed
- Grand theft (motor vehicle) - dismissed
- Aggravated robbery (serious harm) - dismissed
Click here to watch our exclusive interview with the father of Delshaun Jones.
Click here to watch our interview with Chantell Spears' lawyer.
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