Woman charged with murder

Staff Report

BARBOURVILLE — A Barbourville woman is behind bars after police say she murdered a man in the Dogwood community of Knox County on Tuesday afternoon.

According to a press release from the Barbourville Police Department, shortly after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, officers were dispatched to a report of a stabbing in the Dogtown community. Upon arrival in the area, officers found Don Woolum Jr. 38, of Barbourville, lying off the side of the road. Woolum was bleeding from what officers believed was an apparent stab wound.

Knox County Emergency Management personnel were dispatched to the scene and Woolum was transported to the Knox County Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said witness interviews indicated that Woolum was stabbed by Jessica Diane Hubbard, 34, also of Barbourville. The stabbing was believed to follow a short altercation between the two. Officers were able to locate Hubbard at a residence in Barbourville, where she had been reportedly staying. Hubbard was taken into custody before being transported to the Knox County Hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.

Other reports state that Hubbard is claiming self-defense regarding the incident.

Hubbard is currently lodged in the Knox County Detention Center, where she is being held on a $200,000 cash bond for the murder. She is due back in court on Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m.

The investigation is continuing at this time. Assisting in the investigation and arrest were BPD Officer Josh Lawson, Chief Winston Tye, Officer Jake Knuckles and Det. Steve Owens, along with numerous troopers from the Kentucky State Police and Knox County Social Service workers.

Staff Report

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