Crime & Courts

Slaying suspect was convicted in prior death

A Caldwell County woman charged with stabbing her husband to death also served six years in prison for the death of her boyfriend.

Donna Thomas Harris, 54, of Hudson was arrested after her husband, William Daniel Harris, 58, was stabbed in the chest about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. He told a neighbor that his wife stabbed him. William Harris later died of his injuries.

Donna Harris served six years in prison, from August 2004 to June 2010, in the death of her live-in boyfriend in Lenoir. She originally was charged with first-degree murder in that killing, which would have carried a life sentence, but she agreed Aug. 2, 2004, to plead guilty to the reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to a maximum of eight years and nine months in prison.

In last week’s death, neighbors in Hudson described a couple whose arguments constantly escalated, required law enforcement to intervene and sometimes resulted in injuries and arrests.

Brittany Stansberry, who lives in the apartment above where the Harrises lived, said the fighting often would wake up her 2-year-old son.

“I’ve had to call the landlord in the middle of the night, and called the cops twice on them,” Stansberry said. “She was crazy. I could hear her talking to herself, in two different voices, like she was having a conversation with someone.”

Associated Press