Stephanie Hamman drove a car into Providence Church in Church Hill on Sunday and then called her husband. When he went to find her, he discovered her lying in front of the altar and she allegedly stabbed him in the chest after telling him, “The devil is in me.”
Police located Hamman at Holston Valley Medical Center and arrested her.
She reportedly told police that God told her she “only needed to smoke pot to relax at night,” and that she was upset with her husband because he was “worshipping the NASCAR race at Bristol.”
According to a release about the arrest, Hamman said, “So God told me he wanted me in there, so I drove my car through the front doors. I laid down in front of the altar until he got there. I prayed I would not have to use it on him, but I did.”
She then told officers about her “weed” habit. “I love to smoke it,” she reportedly said. “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.”
The husband was in fair condition as of Monday afternoon.
"One of the statements she apparently has made was that she attended this church, and she was baptized here on Sunday -- which is incorrect. We've never known her to even visit here, and certainly didn't have a baptism here yesterday. It's kind of a bizarre story behind it, and not really sure at this point what to think of all that," Providence Church Pastor Joel Trigg told WJHL.
[Kingsport Times News]