Man: He's "Clueless" About Why Wife Allegedly Tried To Kill Him

The man who law enforcement says survived two murder attempts by his wife spoke to WITN Monday about the experience.

Tommy Shackleford spoke outside the Pitt County Detention Center where a hearing was scheduled for his wife 27-year-old Sarah Saunders. Authorities say she tried to poison her husband in May and after he got out of the hospital, she stabbed him in the head with a knife at their home in Farmville.

Shackleford says he argued with his wife, but the fights were never physical until the stabbing, and what she tried to do makes no sense to him.

"To me it seems like I'm made out to be the worst person in the deal. You know? It's like everywhere I go everybody is like: 'Well, what did you do to her?' I'm clueless. I don't know," said Shackleford.

Saunders case was continued to October 3rd.

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A woman charged with attempting to murder her husband twice had her case delayed in Pitt County Monday.

Sarah Saunders, 27, of Farmville is accused to trying to poison her husband, Tommy Shackelford. She is also accused of stabbing him in the head in May.

Shackelford survived the two murder attempts.

Prior to the two attempts, Saunders was charged with stealing nearly $50,000 in jewelry.

Her court date has been delayed until October 3rd.



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A grand jury has indicted a Pitt County woman for allegedly trying to kill her husband twice.

Sarah Saunders, of Farmville, was indicted Monday on two counts of attempted first degree murder, according to the Daily Reflector.

Deputies say the woman is charged with first trying to poison her husband, Tommy Shackelford, and then stabbing him. Pitt County deputies arrested Saunders in May when they found Shackelford with a knife in his head at the couple's home outside of Farmville.

Prior to the two murder attempts, Saunders was arrested for stealing nearly $50,000 worth of jewelry in an unrelated case.



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A Pitt County woman who was arrested last month for allegedly stealing nearly $50,000 in jewelry is now accused of twice trying to kill her husband.

Pitt County deputies say Sarah Saunders is charged with two counts of attempted murder.

Deputies say the woman is charged with trying to first poison her husband, Tommy Shackelford, Monday night and then stabbing him in the head at their home outside of Farmville.

Saunders was arrested Tuesday and is jailed on a $400,000 bond.

Detectives say they are now investigating whether Saunders tried to poison her husband before Monday night. Last week Shackelford was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital and deputies say the woman told hospital staff that her husband was suicidal and he had tried to kill himself. The husband was evaluated and eventually released.


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  • by LR Location: GC on Aug 3, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    I knew him personally and also his wife, they had marital issues but nothing more than the average married couples with a few spats here and there. This girl had issues with drugs and wanted it her way or no way! I just wish people would not say stupid things about the man who almost died when he was truly a victim and did not have a clue! This girl has mental issues and needs help! Unless you know them or lived with them don't judge him, he is a very good person!
  • by Vickie Location: Grimesland on Aug 3, 2011 at 10:48 AM
    "Clueless",yeh right!!!!!!! I have some swamp land in Arizona to sale you also! He knows why!
  • by Sad Clown Location: Wilson on Aug 3, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    There's alot of truth in some of them post WITN has been gettin but want post What WITN scared to post the TRUTH or FACTS
  • by Patsy Cline on Aug 2, 2011 at 06:34 PM
    She wanted you out of the pic for maybe 2 reasons: 1.) Money 2.) Boyfriend. Take your pick or both. Or she could just be a psycho killer.
  • by Carl Kolchack Location: Pitt County on Aug 2, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    I also know Tommy Shackelford though it's been years since I've seen him and I know nothing of his home life. I do know that the only official allegation of any abuse was a 2008 Assault on a Female charge for which he was found Not Guilty.
  • by Kristen Location: Washington, NC on Aug 2, 2011 at 08:38 AM
    How come he didn't leave her the first time she tried to kill him? Or better yet, have her arrested? Must be a lot of love. Either way, sounds like the couple is ignorant.
  • by Gary Location: coast on Aug 2, 2011 at 08:28 AM
    I usually don't put my name, but with this one I am. I met Officer Shackleford at a correctional facility where I was an inmate. I do not know anything about his home life but he was one of the nicest fellows you would ever meet. Always clean and cheerful, and I hate something like this happened to someone like that. While a lot of officers were always up on ya trying to write you up for any little infraction, he was easy going, a breath of fresh air in a place like that. Officer Shackelford, I don't know why this happened but I know you always treated me fair. Don't try to understand the deeds of the evil because there is no reasoning with crazy. I hope you get well soon.
  • by ME Location: HeRe on Aug 2, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    He is clueless alright. Is that how you forget the abuse that you cause?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 2, 2011 at 04:41 AM
    Insurance Money!!!!!
  • by Chuck WireWiggler Location: ChazWorld, Hyde Branch on Aug 2, 2011 at 04:06 AM
    Man: He's "Clueless" About Why Wife Allegedly Tried To Kill Him...How 'bout she hates Ya!!! And here's a suggestion: Dont let her have the opportunity for a third chance.
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