A Tennessee woman who allegedly crashed her car into a church and stabbed her husband at the altar told police the man had been worshiping a NASCAR race, according to media reports.
Stephanie Faye Hamman, 23, of Church Hill, Tenn., told police that God had told her to drive through the doors of Providence Church on Sunday night and that the devil was in her, the Kingsport, Tenn., Times News reported.
After the crash, Hamman called her husband, Steven Hamman, who was at the couple’s apartment watching a NASCAR race on television. When he arrived at the church and found his wife on the altar, she arose and stabbed him in the chest, Church Hill Police Chief Mark Johnson said in a report.
Steven Hamman told police he pulled the large kitchen knife his wife used to stab him from his chest. Police found him at the couple’s apartment across the street from the church. He was in fair condition Monday at an area hospital.
They found Stephanie Hamman at the emergency room of the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport. She was charged with attempted first-degree murder and felony vandalism. She was being held without bail pending arraignment Wednesday.
“She stated God had told her that smoking marijuana all day and all night was not good for her, and that she only needed to smoke it at night to help her relax,” Johnson said. “Mrs. Hamman further stated that she felt her husband Steven was worshiping the NASCAR race at Bristol, which made her mad, and she began having thoughts that the devil put in her head.”
God told her to drive through the church doors because he wanted her inside the church, police said Hamman told them.
The doors were destroyed and a wall, flooring and fountains damaged when when the Toyota she was driving crashed through, Pastor Joel Trigg told WCYB.com.
No one else was in the church, he said.
Hamman had never been in the church and members were not familiar with her, Trigg said.
“We just took a moment, joined hands and said a prayer for her, that God would be with her and her husband also,” he told WCYB.
The Church Hill community is in shock over the incident, resident Kasey Nash told WATE.com.
“It’s kind of a little bit devastating especially considering the circumstances that it all happened under,” Nash told the station.