76-year-old Alexander Co. woman charged with stabbing husband, 80

Sylvia Hefner
Sylvia Hefner Alexander County Sheriff's Office

A 76-year-old Alexander County woman allegedly used a butcher knife to stab her 80-year-old husband in the chest and neck Monday morning, authorities said.

Sylvia Hefner was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

Tod Jones, chief deputy in the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, said he could not recall another case where a suspect of Hefner’s age faced such charges. Jones has been with the department for 26 years.

Hefner’s husband was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, where he was listed in stable condition Tuesday.

Jones declined to discuss what led to the stabbing. The investigation is continuing.

At 7:51 a.m. Monday, Alexander County 911 received a call about a stabbing at a home in the 5000 block of N.C. 16. South. That’s in the Wittenburg community in southern Alexander County near the Catawba County line, Jones said.

When officers arrived at the home, they found the wounded victim in the living room, Jones said.

Hefner initially was sent to the Alexander County Detention Center with no bail. District Court Judge Christine Underwood set bail at $9,999 at a Monday hearing, Jones said, and Hefner was released after posting bail later that day.

Underwood could not be reached for comment.

Hefner also was assigned an attorney by the court, Kimberly Taylor. She could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Hefner does not have a criminal record prior to Monday’s arrest, a review of N.C. records shows.

Observer researcher Maria David contributed to this report.

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