Originally created 03/17/04

Two women charged with assault

Two Augusta women were charged with aggravated assault overnight Tuesday in separate cases of domestic violence against men in their household, officials said.

Naomi Ruth Gifford, 39, of the 2000 block of Wrightsboro Road, and Annie Lee Smith, 55, of the 1100 block of Emmett Street, were charged and booked into the Richmond County jail, sheriff's Lt. James Young said.

Richmond County Sheriff's Office reports give the following accounts about each case:

In Ms. Gifford's case, Jessie Taylor Jr., who lived with her at their Wrightsboro Road residence, told police that he and Ms. Gifford got into an argument over the weekend, and Ms. Gifford left.

Mr. Taylor said Ms. Gifford came back after 10:30 p.m. Monday, and he told her he was going to move out, before she went to his bedroom and got his .357-caliber firearm and held it.

After telling her to put the weapon away, Mr. Taylor said he walked away before Ms. Gifford fired the gun through the wall and into the kitchen. Ms. Gifford told investigators she was trying to kill Mr. Taylor because he threatened to kill her first, the report states.

In Mrs. Smith's case, her husband, Austin Lee Smith, 29, told deputies that he and Mrs. Smith had been arguing during the early morning hours Tuesday.

Deputies arrived the Emmett Street residence, where they found that Mr. Smith suffered a stab wound on the left side of his chest. Officers also found two knives in a bathroom sink, blood on the sink, blood on the bathtub and blood on the bathroom floor near a toilet.

Mrs. Smith told sheriff's deputies that Mr. Smith tried to harm himself, before she was arrested by officials. Mr. Smith was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment.

Danielle Wong, an MCG spokeswoman, said that she had no information on Mr. Smith's condition Tuesday night.

Reach Jeremy Craig at (706) 823-3409 or jeremy.craig@augustachronicle.com.


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