Woman charged with stabbing husband


SUBLETTE COUNTY – A Riverton woman living in a Daniel RV park is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol – twice in several days – and with stabbing her husband during a domestic dispute.

Brenda L. Marchant, 52, was first arrested for DUI on Friday, Aug. 20, after a bartender reported an intoxicated woman was getting into a white truck, according to court records. The affidavit by Deputy Scott Campbell said Marchant was uncooperative and threatened to kill herself. He saw that she wrapped the seatbelt tightly around her neck and appeared unconscious as he drove to the Sublette County Jail, it says. Deputy Campbell couldn’t get it unwrapped from around her neck and another deputy helped him cut it off, it says.

Marchant was released after paying $800 bond to Circuit Court with the conditions she not enter a bar or drink any alcoholic beverages, records show.

However, on Aug. 22 Deputy Dan Ruby was called out to the Daniel Junction RV Park after a man called and said a screaming woman was lying in the parking lot; when he arrived no one was there, his affidavit says.

He said he could hear screaming from a fifth-wheel trailer parked there where she lives with her husband and went to the trailer. Marchant opened the door and told the deputy her husband had hit her and dragged her outside, it says. He did not see any injuries and had her wait in the “cage” portion of his patrol car, he noted.

Scott Marchant said the two drank and argued at The Den and kept arguing in their trailer, the affidavit says. He had no visible signs of injury either and in the patrol car, Brenda Marchant began screaming and hitting the cage with her head and hands. Deputy Ruby said there was insufficient evidence of domestic assault and arrested her DUI and alleged violation of her bond release terms, he said.

At the jail, she became extremely upset and was put in a padded cell. This time in court, her unsecured bond was set at $1,500, records show.

On Aug. 23, Sublette County Deputy Attorney Clayton Melinkovich filed a motion to revoke her release and forfeit bond.

That day, Detective Travis Lanning interviewed Marchant’s husband after receiving a call that he had been stabbed, Lanning’s affidavit says. The man had a stab wound to his left back shoulder he had declined to report earlier, it says. Lanning took him to the Pinedale Clinic for treatment.

The same day, Melinkovich filed a separate criminal charge against Brenda Marchant – felony aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $10,000 fine.

Marchant’s appearance for her bond revocation, the alleged DUIs and felony assault charge is set in Circuit Court for Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.

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