Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend during domestic dispute in Kill Devil Hills

Katherine R. Denny

A 34-year-old Kill Devil Hills woman has been charged for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend during a domestic dispute over the weekend.

Officers were dispatched Saturday to the Oyster Point condo complex in the 700 block of Skipjack Lane, where they quickly rendered aid to the victim of the stabbing and detained the suspect, according to a police department press release.

The victim was transported to The Outer Banks Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Katherine R. Denny was booked into the Dare County Detention Center under a mandatory 48-hour domestic violence-related hold, which provides a “cooling off” period and to ensure the domestic violence survivor has an opportunity to take steps to protect themselves.

She was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injuries. Bond was set at $10,000.

The Kill Devil Hills Police Department also provided additional statements in Tuesday’s press release:

Typically, the Kill Devil Hills Police Department does not issue public statements on domestic-related crimes. This is primarily done out of respect and consideration for the privacy of the domestic violence survivor.

However, social media now plays an outsized role in the propagation of information, some factual, some less factual.

This particular incident has entered the public sphere through Facebook posts and shares.

As a result, the department feels it is important to put out factual, reliable information concerning the incident to help prevent confusion and misinformation.

The department also explained how bond is set for various crimes.

A bond is placed on an individual who has been arrested to ensure their appearance in court. With a few exceptions related to public safety, this is the only purpose of the bond. It is not a punishment and cannot lawfully be used as such.

The person under arrest has a presumption of innocence regardless of any circumstances concerning their case. The police department has no role in setting a bond: this is done by a magistrate or judge.

There is a recommended bond guideline for judicial officials to follow; however, they also take into account facts such as the person’s residency, ties to the area and any record of the person failing to appear for any past court dates.

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