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Woman charged with
domestic assault

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor

A violent situation erupted at a residence after a man told a female with whom he was in a continual romantic relationship to leave his residence because he had things to do.

The Platte County Prosecutor's Office charged Jessica Pearson, 32, of Leavenworth, with a class C felony of domestic assault in the second degree and a class D felony of property damage in the first degree.

The victim of the alleged assault told authorities Pearson came to his residence in the 19500 block of Settle Station Road in northern Platte County and he allowed her stay the night because she was intoxicated, according to court documents.

According to court records, at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 5 Pearson stepped out of the residence while the man was sleeping. By the time he awoke, she had returned and was fixing breakfast in the kitchen.

When the man awoke he said he could hear Pearson “arguing with herself” in the kitchen as she was preparing breakfast, according to court documents. The man got out of bed to tell her to leave. His request apparently upset Pearson as she allegedly became irate and argumentative.

According to court documents, Pearson left the house and returned with a knife from her vehicle and immediately reentered the home. Pearson allegedly shouted she would not be leaving and swung the knife at the victim, allegedly slicing his left palm open with a wound about three inches long and nearly an inch wide, according to court documents.

During the heated dispute, Pearson allegedly struck an antique cabinet with her fist, busting the glass out of its frame. Numerous other household items were allegedly damaged by Pearson.

The man told authorities Pearson removed the battery from his cell phone and home phones to prevent him from calling authorities. Eventually, he located her phone and called 9-1-1. Pearson agreed to leave the house while the alleged victim was on the phone with police.

Once Pearson got behind the wheel of her Mercury Mountaineer, she allegedly drove her vehicle into the wall of his garage three times.

When authorities arrived at the scene, Pearson was taken to the hospital. Detectives say she appeared to be intoxicated and possibly under the influence of some unknown substance. Police located the alleged weapon inside her purse.

Circuit Court Judge Quint Shafer set Pearson’s bond at $25,000.

A hearing to determine whether Pearson qualifies for a public defender will be heard on March 24.