Details released in knife attack


New details have emerged from the recent knife attack that occurred at a Seymour convenience store more than a week ago.

According to newly released court documents, Jesse Stover, 29, of Seymour, the man accused of committing the crime, claims to have no recollection of the events that occurred on the morning of Feb. 13.

Stover, who faces a Level 1 felony charge of attempted murder and a Level 3 felony charge of aggravated battery, told investigators he remembers walking to the Circle K at 300 E. Tipton St. and then his next memory is being handcuffed.

In the probable cause affidavit signed by Seymour Police Department Detective Sgt. Chris Franklin, Stover claims to suffer from memory blackouts and schizophrenia, though he has never been officially medically diagnosed. He also told police that “spirits” talk to him.

Stover also mentioned he had used methamphetamine as recently as two days before the event and had been suffering from depression as a result of recent life events, including being homeless and unemployed and going through a recent breakup.

He told detectives he owned a knife and had carried it to the convenience store with him that day.

The victim, Henry Stamper, 64, of Seymour, told police he did not know Stover personally, and he had never seen him prior to the attack. He also said there was no altercation between the two, and the only thing he remembered Stover saying was “something about his mother.”

The incident was caught on a surveillance camera at the store, and at least six people, including three store employees, Stamper’s niece, Ashley Goff, and her boyfriend and Stover’s mother, were present at the time of the attack.

When questioned by police, Stover mentioned walking with his mother to the gas station so she could get gasoline for her vehicle that had run out earlier.

Stamper was first treated by Officer Tim Toborg, who used QuikClot combat gauze to help pack the wound on Stamper’s neck and applied pressure to staunch the blood flow until Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived, police said.

EMS workers later stated due to the amount of blood loss and the severity of Stamper’s injuries, Toborg’s actions most likely saved the man’s life, police said.

Toborg gives credit to Goff for treating her uncle before he arrived.

Stamper was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour and later transferred to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He has since been released.

Stover, who was treated for a hand injury at Schneck, was booked into the Jackson County in Brownstown at 2:05 p.m. Feb. 13. He is being held without bond.

A Level 1 felony is punishable by 20 to 40 years in prison upon conviction with an advisory sentence of 30 years. A Level 3 felony is punishable by three to 16 years in prison.

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