— By CHRISTIN COYNE
A February knife slashing that reportedly left a Weatherford man with a severed artery started as an argument when a man attempted to evict a woman he believed to be encroaching on his own meth dealing business, according to police, who arrested both of the roommates on assault charges last week.
Arrested April 4, Mackenzie Lynn Beckley, 22, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and remained in the Parker County Jail Friday night with bond set at $25,000.
Arrested April 6, David Michael Brown, 42, was charged with assault causing bodily injury to a family member and was released Monday from the Parker County Jail on $2,500 bond.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on Feb. 20, Weatherford police officers responded to a reported disturbance at a house in the 700 block of Palo Pinto Street.
Officers detained Beckley, who was outside, visibly shaken and “covered in blood that was not her own,” police reported.
One officer applied a tourniquet to Brown’s arm after he was found inside the house bleeding from a cut on his left arm, and LifeCare separately transported both to local hospitals.
Large amounts of blood were also located inside the back door of the home, the kitchen, the bathroom and the hallway, according to a complaint filed with a local judge. The complaint stated that police found a bloody knife, both suspects’ cell phones and drug paraphernalia at the residence.
After speaking with both suspects and two witnesses who saw portions of the assault outside the residence, Weatherford police detective Brett Stagner determined Brown was angry because he believed Beckley “was trying to steal a drug deal from him.”
The detective “understood from Brown that he sells methamphetamine to help pay bills and [Beckley] was getting involved with drug trafficking,” according to the probable cause affidavit.
Neither Brown nor Beckley have been charged with any drug offenses in connection with this incident.
Shortly before the incident, Brown reportedly sent Beckley, who had lived with Brown for about two months, a text to come pick up her clothes because he was kicking her out of the house, according to Weatherford police.
When she drove up and saw Brown throwing her clothes out the back door and onto the ground, Beckley attempted to get in the house but Brown held the door shut and wouldn’t let her in, according to police, who reported that Brown reportedly pushed Beckley down the stairs, where she landed on the ground.
Brown then held her down before going back in the house, according to police.
Beckley reportedly pulled a knife from her back pocket and entered the house after Brown.
Police believe the two were inside arguing when, according to Brown’s statement to police, he slapped Beckley to “calm her down.”
Beckley then took three swings at Brown with the knife, slicing his left wrist with the third swing, according to Stagner.
Beckley then began collecting her things, put a leather belt around Brown’s arm to stop the bleeding and waited outside in her vehicle for officers to arrive, police reported.