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Victim and suspect share two sides to stabbing

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

18-year-old Brooke Feltner and 19-year-old Misty Riddell are described as two former friends, who once lived together according to Feltner. But for the last few years the two have been in a dispute over a young man, a man Riddell says is her husband, and Feltner calls her boyfriend.

"We fought all the time, like arguing and stuff," described Feltner.

On April 22, Feltner and her family say Riddell took things a step further than anyone could've imagined.

"She went to my mom's and my dad's house and said quite a few things and actually showed them the knife," Feltner said.

That night, things took a turn.

"That's when she maced me and stabbed me," recalled Feltner.

The three stab wounds to her body and leg nearly ended Feltner's life, but she survived. Tonight Feltner was able to have her stitches and staples removed, but she is battling an infection.

For the first time, Riddell shared her side of the story while being held in the Madison County Detention Center for attempted murder.

"They just put me out like I'm some monster, like I would just hurt somebody like that," stated Riddell of the initial reports.

Riddell was asked about her friendship with Feltner, and she replied the two were never really close, and that she felt like Feltner only used her to get close to her husband.

When asked if she went looking for Brooke that day, Riddell responded, "That, I'm not going to say," and referred to her lawyer.

As for the claim by Feltner's family that Riddell came to their door and showed the knife claiming to hurt Feltner, Riddell countered, "No, that is not what happened, at all."

Riddell even said she was sorry that Feltner was ever even hurt in the attack, adding that she was unaware how many times she stabbed Feltner until she heard the reports later the next day.

"It was not in my intentions, not whatsoever, to hurt her (Feltner)," claimed Riddell, later saying, "I was being attacked, not only by her but by the other people that (were) with her."

Riddell went on to say she is nearly three months pregnant with her second child, and she claims that at the time she was fearful for her unborn baby.

"She told everybody that I maced her and that me and my friend held her down and we were all kicking her in the stomach," said Feltner, "no, it's not true."

While each woman claims to be the victim, the reality is both lives will never be the same.

Still the two hope to move on, Riddell says she is concerned for her young child that she can't be with and for her second child that's on the way. Feltner hopes to overcome these wounds and move on with her life, saying she wants to become a nurse in the future.

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