Senior Superior Court Judge William Fleming set the bond with no comment after Catherine Gibson’s attorney argued the stabbing was in self-defense.
“This is more an incident of her protecting herself than a violent incident,” attorney Kelli Spencer said.
Assistant District Attorney Justin Jones said that before the stabbing, an argument had been brewing all day between Gibson and the victim, Albert Dawayne Hawkins. Gibson left the home in the 2200 block of Darlington Drive several times throughout the day to allow Hawkins to cool off, but when she came home around midnight and found him drunk, “she did not like what she saw,” Jones said.
Gibson tried to leave again, Jones said, but Hawkins grabbed her and put out a cigarette on her arm. Gibson stabbed Hawkins once in the chest with a kitchen knife and he staggered into a bedroom, Jones said. He was pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia Hospital around 1:30 a.m.
Gibson was charged with murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.
Jones opposed bond on the grounds that Gibson might try to influence some of the witnesses in the house.