Man allegedly stabs stepson in self-defense


By Dean Wright - [email protected]



GALLIPOLIS — A Gallipolis man was arrested Monday on a prior warrant after the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office was sent to investigate an alleged stabbing that happened Sunday on Bulaville Pike.

According to police records, Curtis Holliday, 62, of Gallipolis, was arrested on a warrant issued for a prior alleged failure to appear at court proceedings outside of Gallia County after deputies were contacted around 11 p.m. Sunday night in regards to stabbing with a pocket knife Holliday claimed was done in self-defense.

Deputies traveled to the location of the 911 call and spoke with a resident of the neighborhood. The resident told police Holliday had allegedly stabbed his stepson in the back with a pocket knife. The resident reportedly attempted to help the victim, but he refused and took off in a silver sedan.

After having spoken with the resident, officers went to speak with Holliday and his wife. Holliday allegedly told officers that the victim had come to their home, drunken and belligerent. Holliday claimed he heard the victim yelling at his mother from down the hall and informed him he should not be screaming and upsetting his mother. The victim and Holliday allegedly proceeded to get into an argument. During the course of the incident, reports say the victim had allegedly threatened to “kill” Holliday.

Holliday reportedly left his home to get away from the victim and traveled to the home of the neighbor who would place the 911 call to police. The victim allegedly soon followed. Holliday returned to his home to stay away from the victim. The victim soon returned to the Holliday residence and was allegedly upset because Holliday supposedly would not accept an apology uttered by his stepson.

Another argument allegedly broke out between the victim and Holliday, who this time drew a pocket knife in alleged self-defense and stabbed the victim in the lower left shoulder after a punch was supposedly thrown at Holliday. Reports say Holliday feared for his life and of being harmed by the victim.

Holliday remained on scene as deputies arrived to speak with witnesses. Police reports say he cooperated without incident, was informed of his Miranda rights and came with officers peaceably.

Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning advises that the incident is still under investigation and the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the case.

The state of the victim’s health is unknown as of time of printing.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright

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