Donnie Pace, 19, of Evarts, was charged with first-degree assault, a Class B felony, and second-degree burglary, a Class C felony, after he allegedly stabbed Danny Ward, 23, of Jones Creek.
According to Evarts City Police assistant chief Mike Boggs, the department received a call from the Kentucky State Police that they had received a 911 call that Pace was at the apartment of Russell Burgan and there was a stabbing.
“I immediately went to the residence, and Mr. Burgan was outside flagging me down, saying Mr. Pace was inside beating Beth Kirby and that he had already stabbed Mr. Ward,” Boggs said.
Boggs said as he entered the residence, he found Pace and Kirby arguing in a hallway. He said Kirby was crying and shaking.
“I immediately detained Mr. Pace, and during a search of his shirt pocket, I found a steak knife with blood on it,” Boggs said. “I asked Ms. Kirby if she had been cut, and she said no.”
Boggs said Kirby told him that she had spent the night with Ward, who she said was her estranged husband.
Boggs said during the separation of Kirby and Ward, Kirby allegedly was seeing Pace. In an apparent rage of jealousy, Pace came to the Burgan residence, where Kirby and Ward spent the night.
“Ms. Kirby told me Mr. Pace came beating on the door wanting to come in and talk to her, and she refused to let him in,” Boggs said. “She told me Mr. Pace broke the front door in and chased her into the bedroom where Mr. Ward was at. At this point, Mr. Pace went over to Mr. Ward and stabbed him in the left side. Mr. Burgan then came into the bedroom and got Mr. Ward out of the apartment and called the police.”
Boggs said Kirby took Ward to the clinic in Evarts to receive immediate attention until an ambulance arrived. Ward was then transported to Harlan ARH Hospital to receive treatment for his injury. No other details are available for Ward's condition.
Pace was lodged in the Harlan County Detention with bond set at 10 percent of $20,000. If convicted of his alleged crimes, he could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.