Simpson charged with assault

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Stabbing victim is recovering

An early morning fight in Buffalo that ended with a LaRue County man being stabbed three times in the back has spurred an Elizabethtown man's prosecution in Hodgenville on a charge of first-degree assault.

According to Kentucky State Police Post 4 detective Jon Vaughn, more than a half-dozen people were at a Greensburg Road residence Dec. 5 when an argument erupted between two men.

It escalated into a brawl when one man, Elizabethtown resident Adam Casey Simpson, 24, punched the other man, Douglas Ray Heath, 31, in the face, Vaughn said.

Heath told police he had a key to the residence, owned by Annabelle Rae Carlen. When he entered the home, Simpson and Carlen were there.

During a wrangle that ensued, Simpson allegedly stabbed Heath in the back three times with what Vaughn described as a “kitchen knife.”

Some of the half-dozen witnesses to the stabbing then loaded the 31-year-old victim into a vehicle and headed to Hodgenville to find medical help. Heath told officers he didn’t realize he had been stabbed until he was in the car.

It was about 2 a.m. on Dec. 5 when the victim and witnesses rendezvoused with police and medics on the parking lot of Hodgenville Hardee's restaurant.

Heath, who was described as being “uncooperative” with first responders' initial efforts to help him, was taken by ambulance to Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. HMH spokeswoman Michelle Murphy said Heath was treated there, for some of his wounds, then transferred to University Hospital in Louisville.

Heath has since been discharged from University Hospital.

Vaughn said police took Simpson into custody without incident after locating him at the same Greensburg Road residence Monday evening. He was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center.

A standard not guilty plea was entered on his behalf Wednesday in LaRue District Court and he’s due back before a judge today for a probable cause hearing, a court clerk said.

Simpson's bond is set at $50,000.

First-degree assault is a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison per Kentucky law.

Carlen was lodged also in the LaRue County Detention Center for alleged probation violation. Carlen was charged in August with first-degree possession of controlled substance, cocaine; first-degree possession of controlled substance, drug unspecified; and second-degree possession of controlled substance, amphetamine. She is accused of abusing Adderall pills and not abiding by her court-ordered curfew.

Her pre-trial and trial is set for February 2011.