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Woman accused of groin stabbing indicted

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By Shannon Brock

A Spencer County woman accused of stabbing her husband in the groin last September was indicted by a Spencer County grand jury on Jan. 9.
The grand jury indicted Nicole L. Early, 40, of the 1200 block of Highway to Heaven, on a charge of first-degree assault.
The indictment states that Early “committed the offense of assault in the first degree when she intentionally caused serious physical injury to Robert L. Early Jr. by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument; or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, when she wantonly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to another and thereby caused serious physical injury to Robert L. Early. Jr.”
Early’s indictment does not determine innocence or guilt, but means that at least nine of the 12 grand jurors felt there was enough evidence to move forward with the case.
The alleged incident occurred Sept. 1 at the Earlys’ home
The Kentucky State Police uniform citation states that the incident occurred following an argument between the couple. According to the citation, Nicole Early advised her husband to leave the residence.
“As the subject was leaving he sat down in the utility room near the garage door and was approached by the perpetrator who was carrying three knives. The perpetrator then took one of the knives and stabbed him in the left groin area causing a very deep laceration,” according to the report.
Robert Early was transported via Air Methods helicopter to a Louisville hospital.
Family friend and former neighbor Terri Cooper told The Spencer Magnet shortly following the incident that she has known the Earlys for about eight years and that they were a very loving family.
“They are a wonderful family. Kind and loving parents, wonderful neighbors, great friends, willing to help anybody,” she said. “Both of them would give you the shirts off their backs.”
Nicole Early is scheduled to be arraigned in Spencer Circuit Court on Feb. 6 at 9 a.m.