Man arrested for stabbing wife, sister-in-law - WKRN News 2

Man arrested for stabbing wife, sister-in-law

Posted: Updated: March 12, 2013 6:14 AM
Donnell Simpson Donnell Simpson
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Metro police have arrested the man allegedly responsible for stabbing two women early Tuesday morning.

Police arrested Donnell Simpson near the Owendale Drive and Hamilton Church Road intersection, about one mile away from the location where he stabbed his wife, Marqueta Simpson.

Police responded to a call just before 1 a.m. According to police, the stabbings occurred at two separate locations.

Officials told Nashville's News 2 that Simpson, 40, allegedly stabbed Marqueta, at a home in the 3200 block of Forest Breeze Drive in Antioch despite an active order of protection.

According to police, Simpson punched his wife in the face before stabbing her with a box cutter.

Police said prior to that, he also stabbed his sister-in-law at a home on Melvin Jones Drive, not far from the Nashville International Airport.

The victim, identified as Lena Simpson, reported to police that Donnell Simpson attacked her with a knife and stabbed her in the right side of her chest.

Lena's husband, who is Donnell's older brother, told Nashville's News 2 Investigates that Donnell and his wife have a very volatile relationship.

"They have been together 5 or 6 years, she has left four times at least. And she keeps coming back. I think the last time she left on her own, he decided to start over, and he got involved with another woman and his wife found out, and he wanted to see his children and she got upset and moved back in," he said.

Donnell's brother also said that he believes Simpson was at their residence to retrieve some paperwork and while he was there, he asked where his wife was.

Lena was in bed, where Simpson jumped on top of her and stabbed her in the neck with a kitchen knife, his brother stated.

Sometime after the incident, Lena's husband took her to Southern Hills Medical Center before she was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. She has since been released.

Simpson's wife was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was last listed in stable condition.

Police do not yet know of a motive behind the stabbing, but Donnell's brother believes Simpson thought that since the two women were close, they could be conspiring against him.

His brother also said that Simpson is very hot-headed, and their efforts to help him never went anywhere.

"[Simpson] was not listening to no one. We'd tell him to go sleep it off, to stop drinking so much. Even she asked him to go get help for his drinking and stuff and he wouldn't listen. His drinking got heavier, and he was not happy," he explained.

Nashville's News 2 discovered that Simpson was just released from jail at 9:20 p.m. Monday night for an aggravated assault charge involving his wife.

According to the incident report, Simpson and his wife got into a fight about her car on Sunday.

His wife said as she was driving away, he threw a brick at her car, busting out the back driver's side window. She told officers that she feared for her life and was assisted with an order of protection.

Simpson is facing two counts of attempted murder and violating an order of protection.

His bail is set at $2 million.

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