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Woman charged with attempted murder claims self defense

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

A woman is in the hospital with multiple wounds after a stabbing in Whitley County.

At approximately 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday night, the Whitley County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to a call at 18503 Hwy 92E. The caller stated there had been an altercation between two females and one of the females had been stabbed. The caller said that the stabbing victim was being taken to Jellico Hospital by a family member.

Police say Erica Petrey Canada was stabbed six times, with the most serious injury to her chest. She was was flown from Jellico Hospital to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where she was listed in serious condition.

Witnesses at the scene told a deputy that Virginia Frye and Arlis McKiddy left the scene before police arrived. The deputy says once was directed to a home less than a mile from the scene. The deputy got consent to search the home where he found Fry and McKiddy hiding in the laundry room.

In a jail house interview with Frye, she claims all her actions were in self defense. "Erica and I use to be good friends, I would have never thought this would happen," explains Frye, "we met up so she could return some clothes she borrowed. When she showed up, she started attacking me. She was with a group of people, everyone had weapons, what was I suppose to do? I ran inside and grabbed a kitchen knife. She started clubbing me with a crowbar, so I had no choice, I had to protect myself."

A search of a home also found bloody clothes and a large kitchen knife in the sink, which had been washed. Police say McKiddy told them the had been used in the stabbing.

Deputies arrested 30-year old Virginia Fry. She is charged with attempted murder and tampering with physical evidence. Arlis McKiddy is charged with tampering with physical evidence. Both are lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

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