Lexington woman seriously injured in stabbing had been victim of domestic violence

one had been victim of domestic violence

jkegley@herald-leader.comAugust 13, 2011 

Lexington police launched an investigation Friday after two sisters were stabbed in an apartment on Cross Keys Road off Alexandria Drive.

Both women were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. One of the women had life-threatening injuries, police spokeswoman Sherelle Robert said.

Investigators have not released their identities. According to court documents and neighbors, Billie Jo Woods and Renetta Woods live in the apartment.

No arrests have been made. Roberts said police are looking for a man they would like to question. She did not release his name.

Roberts did not provide any details about the time of the attack. She said detectives were piecing things together.

Harry Smith, who lives at the complex and is a friend of the victims, said he was woken up about 7 a.m. by a neighbor "frantically beating on my door" to tell him someone had been stabbed. Police and ambulance crews responded shortly after.

Police said they think a man entered the ground-floor apartment, in a building that is part of the complex at 1040 Cross Keys Road, through a window. The man assaulted one woman, who was asleep in her bed. He then went into another room and stabbed the second woman, who was sleeping on the couch.

Both were stabbed multiple times "on different parts of their bodies," Roberts said.

Homicide detectives are investigating.

On Friday, neighbors stood in the parking lot and on their balconies, watching as forensics investigators and police investigated. Smith said the neighborhood was shocked by the crime. The women are sisters and are "absolutely two of the nicest people you'd ever meet," Smith said.

He said Bobbie Jo Woods was in critical condition when he checked Friday morning. A hospital spokeswoman said she was in serious condition Friday night.

He said Woods had been having problems with her boyfriend, who had been released from jail recently after being arrested in a domestic violence incident.

According to Fayette District Court Records, Bobbie J. Woods was listed as the victim in an April domestic violence case. Alejandro Garcia, her live-in boyfriend, was charged April 6 with fourth-degree assault after "striking her in the mouth with a closed fist and then choking her with a dish rag," the document said.

Garcia, 38, pleaded guilty May 4 to an amended charge of disorderly conduct. He was credited with time served and released from the Fayette County jail, according to court documents.

In August 2010, Bobbie Woods was listed as the plaintiff in a domestic violence order against Jose Angel Cordova. Details of that incident were not included on the report.

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