Updated:CHURCH HILL, TN —
A woman in Tennessee allegedly crashed her car into a church and then stabbed her husband in the chest after telling him, “The devil is in me,” according to police.
According to an ABC affiliate, Steven Hamman told police in Church Hill, TN Sunday that his wife, Stephanie Hamman, drove her car through the front doors of Providence Church.
He went in the building to check on her after she called him from the church and found her lying in front of the altar. She then stabbed him with a large kitchen knife, according to police.
Officers then said he pulled the knife from his chest, returned to his apartment, which is across the street from the church, and waited on police and emergency workers to arrive.
Roughly 20 minutes later, police found Stephanie Hamman at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN. According to police, she said she had decided to live for God, and that God told her she should not smoke marijuana all day and night and that God said that she only needed to smoke pot to relax at night.
Hamman also said she was mad because her husband was “worshipping the NASCAR race at Bristol,” according to police.
She also said God wanted her to get in the church.
According to the ABC station's report, she said, “So God told me He wanted me in there, so I drove my car through the front doors.”
Hamman continued speaking to police and said the devil told her to bring the knife with her.
“I laid down in front of the altar until he got there,” she said. “I prayed I would not have to use it on him, but I did.”
She then asked if her husband was dead and said she smokes a lot of marijuana.
“I love to smoke it,” she said, according to police. “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.”
Hamman was charged with attempted first-degree murder and felony vandalism.
Steven Hamman was reported to be in fair condition at HVMC.
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