A Tennessee woman’s distaste for her husband’s NASCAR obsession led her to crash her car into a church and then stab him in the chest, report WJHL.
According to the CBS affiliate, Stephanie Hamman, 23, claimed the devil was inside her when she drove her vehicle through the front doors of Providence Church in Church Hill in East Tennessee, a little before 10 Sunday night. Hamman was charged with attempted first-degree murder and felony vandalism in the bizarre incident.
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A police news release says her husband, Steven Hamman, told officials his wife called him from the church after crashing through its doors. He discovered her in the church, lying in front of the altar. Stephanie then stabbed Steven with a kitchen knife.
Steven removed the knife from his chest and went back to his apartment, which is across the street from the church, reports WJHL. There he waited for police and emergency crews to arrive. The police say Stephanie was quickly apprehended after authorities arrived on the scene, and she told police that she had chosen to live for God and that God instructed her not to smoke marijuana unless she trying to relax in the evening.
The release also states that Stephanie told authorities she was mad at her husband for "worshipping the NASCAR race at Bristol." "God told me He wanted me in [the church], so I drove my car through the front doors. I laid down in front of the altar until [Steven] got there.... I prayed I would not have to use [the knife] on him, but I did," the suspect told officers. Along with how much she enjoys smoking marijuana, Stephanie also said that the devil told her to bring the knife to the church with her.
"I love to smoke it," she said, according to the release. "Sometimes when I do, I start seeing things that others don't. Isn't God good? He told me this would happen, and just look, I am okay."
Steven was taken to the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport. He was most recently reported to be in fair condition, according to WJHL.