BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County District Attorney says he will not pursue charges against a woman who allegedly stabbed her husband, Tuesday evening. Jeannie Dallas was arrested after the attack, which sent her husband to the hospital.
After John Dallas was treated and released, he was also arrested for a probation violation, as well as assault and strangulation charges related to previous incidents involving his wife.
D.A. John Hummel reviewed the evidence and says after enduring assaults for years, including that day, she acted in self-defense to prevent further abuse. In a statement released Wednesday, Hummel said, "Jeannie Dallas fought for her life last night. She endured repeated assaults from her husband over ten plus years and decided that she would endure no more. After he violently smacked [her] early in the evening, and then physically threatened her later in the evening, she stabbed him with a kitchen knife to defend herself. her decision to stab her husband was righteous and authorized by Oregon's self-defense law. Consequently, today I declined to file criminal charges against her and asked that she be released from jail."
He encourages anyone who does not feel safe around a loved one to call 911 or the Saving Grace hotline at 541-389-7021.