A Copperas Cove man pleaded guilty this week to attempting to stab a woman last year in Killeen.
Stephon Andre Barrett, 26, was indicted on Feb. 24 on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He entered a guilty plea during a livestreamed hearing in the 426th Judicial District Court on Tuesday.
A sentencing hearing will be held in around six weeks, after a pre-sentence investigation report is completed, according to court discussions on Tuesday. A plea bargain has been reached in the case.
Barrett has been held in the Bell County Jail on a bond of $100,000, since his arrest on Oct. 5, 2020.
On Oct. 2, 2020, Killeen police officers were dispatched to a residence regarding a domestic assault with weapons, according to the arrest affidavit.
Officers met with a woman who was crying and grasping for breath. She said that she and Barrett had gotten into an argument over finances, when the argument turned physical.
Barrett took her phone from her, pushed her on the bed and began to strike her, police said. The victim was able to push Barrett off but then realized that he had a knife, according to the affidavit. The victim was able to ward off his attempts to stab her.
Officers were able to locate a knife matching the description given by the victim.
Police said that Barrett admitted there had been a physical altercation but denied he ever had a knife.