BLACKFOOT — Court documents shed new light on a late-night stabbing that killed a man and charged a woman with murder.
Melissa Perkes, 35, appeared in court Tuesday via Zoom from the Bingham County Jail for second-degree murder. She is accused of stabbing 37-year-old Jace Williams on Monday night.
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According to the police report, officers from the Blackfoot Police Department were called to an apartment building on the 100 block of North Broadway Street at around 11:45 p.m
A caller said there had been a stabbing and a man “screaming that he had been stabbed”.
When an officer arrived, he “performed life-saving procedures until the ambulance arrived and took over.” The ambulance took Williams to Bingham Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Officers say in court documents that when they entered the apartment building, they found a “large kitchen knife” with “blood stains on it” halfway up the stairs. Williams was at the top of the stairs inside the building.
According to the police report, there were “several large pools of blood” near the railing and “several smaller pools of blood throughout the hallway leading to (the apartment)”.
Officers obtained a search warrant for the home and conducted a search looking for anyone inside, but found no one. Once inside the apartment, officers say there were bloodstains on the bed and “dropped bloodstains onto the blinds over the window.”
“It appeared that (Williams) was lying on the bed when he received stab wounds on his back,” the police report said.
The landlord of the apartment building later provided law enforcement with surveillance footage showing a timeline of events before and after the stabbing.
Earlier in the day, Williams and Perkes were seen entering the apartment together. About 32 minutes later, Perkes is seen leaving the apartment alone, but four minutes later she goes back into the apartment.
About an hour later, Williams is seen leaving the apartment and walking down the hallway, knife in hand. He makes it to the end of the hallway and collapses.
“When (Williams) collapses, there appears to be blood on the back of the shirt he is wearing,” the police report said.
Williams then begins “kicking the apartment door he’s at and appeared to be trying to get help.”
A minute later, Perkes is seen leaving the apartment “without shoes”. Officials say she “appears to be walking fast.”
Police located Perkes in the neighborhood and took her for an interview. She refused to speak without an attorney, and officials said she had bloodstains on her “right thigh area.”
Perkes was then booked into the Bingham County Jail and posted $1 million bail.
Although Perkes was charged with these crimes, that doesn’t necessarily mean she committed them. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Perkes is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on November 17. If convicted, Perkes faces a life sentence.