Court documents: Defendant accused of attempted murder claims to hear voices

By: By Natalie Davis -

Terressa Powell, accused of the attempted murder of Richard Honeycutt, has now been committed to Central Regional Hospital for examination after claiming to hear voices during court on Oct. 17.

Wadesboro Police Department responded to a call about a domestic dispute on Oct. 6 at 3:31 p.m., according to court documents. Anson Emergency Communications were made aware that someone had been cut.

The officers approached the house to find Powell, 33, with blood on her hands, records show. Powell responded to the officers by claiming that she cut him out of retaliation.

Documents indicateHoneycutt was found in bed, covered in blood from multiple wounds. He told Detective Trevin Ricketts that the knife was beside the bed.

There were no other people inside of the home.

Ricketts allegedly found blood splatter in a pattern that is conclusive with blood leaving the body at a high rate from woulds and objects covered in blood, being swung around.

Honeycutt claimed that Powell cut him, and that he needed help, records show. He also said that he had a large amount of blood coming from the back of his head around the nape of his neck.

Honeycutt was removed from the home, and Powell was taken into cutody.

Anson Rescue Squad examined Powell and she was treated for her wound, according to court documents. She had no serious injury, and did not require further medical attention.

After retrieving a search warrant for the home, police found blood swabs, white pillow case, cleaning rags with blood on them, cell phone and a white and pink shirt with red socks.

Powell was held at Anson County jail until her court date. She was charged with attempted first-degree murder.

At court, Powell claimed that she hears voices and sees hallucinations, records show. She also claimed that the state is under attack by African-Americans, and she fears for her safety.

Online court records show Powell has no other pending charges.

According to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction, Powell was given 12-month suspended sentence in December following a conviction on a misdemeanor charge of assault on a public official.

Her first convictions were in 2011 on one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of schedule VI controlled substance.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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By Natalie Davis