On Thursday January 23, 63-year-old Thomas Blige was involved in an altercation with his ex-girlfriend; he was stabbed three times in the neck, and is said to be in critical condition. Blige is the father of famous singer Mary J. Blige, according to news reports at Mlive.com and the Battle Creek Enquirer.
On Thursday morning at approximately 7:15, Battle Creek police responded to a report of a stabbing. Blige had allegedly confronted the woman who he believed had slashed his tires. Blige was transported to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. His ex-girlfriend was located near the scene of the altercation, and taken into custody.
Upon investigating, police found the woman at a nearby apartment. The weapon believed to have been used in the attack was found in Blige’s Arbors of Battle Creek apartment. Police said that upon finding the ex-girlfriend, her clothing was splattered with blood. She was arrested on the scene and is expected to be arraigned in Calhoun County District Court on Friday on charges of assault with intent to commit murder (attempted murder).
Attempted murder is a felony offense, one considered extremely serious in the state of Michigan. Michigan’s Penal Code 750.83 dictates that individuals convicted of assault with intent to commit murder may face criminal penalties which include any number of years to life in prison. Prosecutors work vigorously to ensure those accused of attempted murder, first- or second-degree murder, or other violent crimes are convicted.
People often become angry and enraged in the course of an argument, leading to a violent situation that seems to spiral out of control. While it is no excuse to attempt to kill someone, those who find themselves in these situations must consult with a capable and aggressive Michigan criminal defense attorney immediately. Without the guidance and support of a trusted lawyer, your freedom, future, and reputation are at risk. Regardless of the nature of the crime you have been accused of, contact an attorney at once.