Moraine stabbing suspect turns self in; claims self-defense

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 10:28 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 5:46 PM

The Trotwood woman wanted in the stabbing death of a man in Moraine on Sunday turned herself in to authorities Wednesday.

Her attorney said she is a victim of domestic violence and acted in self defense. Dayton attorney John H. Rion said his client did not come forward initially because she feared being bullied by police.

Moraine detectives say 39-year-old Chantell Spears stabbed Delshaun Jones, 32, during a dispute outside of 3605 Charlotte Mill Drive Sunday morning. They said Jones, who has a child with Spears, was visiting a female at that address when he was attacked around 5:30 a.m. Jones was rushed to Kettering Medical Center where he died.

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A warrant for Spears’ arrest was issued Monday while police and U.S. Marshals searched for her.

Rion said at a press conference on Wednesday that Spears was attacked by Jones before she found a knife and, “attempted to use it in a defensive manner.” He described Jones as a convicted felon with a history of violent behavior.

“He frequently hits her,” Rion said, holding up a photo of Spears that appeared to show facial injuries.

He said Spears was meeting the victim at his request Sunday to take their seven-month-old child to the hospital when he hit her in the face and kicked her repeatedly. Rion said his client was able to get into her car, but Jones lunged on top of her. That’s when, Rion said, she felt the knife on the floor of the car. She said she didn’t know Jones had been stabbed when she closed the door and drove home.

In documents provided to media Wednesday from Truth Verification of Southwest Ohio, polygraphist David E. Cook said Spears truthfully answered “yes” when asked if Jones was assaulting her when she stabbed him. She reportedly answered “no” when asked if she made a plan to murder Jones. The polygraph test was administered at Rion’s office on Tuesday.

Rion was critical of the Moraine Police Department saying there was a rush to judgement in the case. “They make up a version and stick to it,” he said. “They said that she wasn’t a suspect and two hours later they filed murder charges.”

Moraine Police Detective Jason Neubauer said police conducted an investigation and presented the facts to prosecutors who approved the murder charge against Spears.

“They obviously knew of her whereabouts,” Neubauer said of Rion. “It’s made things more difficult.” Spears was transported from the Montgomery County Jail where she surrendered to the Moraine Police Department to be questioned.

She was booked into the jail at 2:17 p.m. and is scheduled to make an initial court appearance at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Neubauer said police are investigating the claims of self defense and ongoing domestic abuse made by Spears.