A Pennsylvania woman is in jail on attempted murder charges after stabbing her husband over his use of medical marijuana. Adams County Assistant District Attorney Miranda Blazek announced the allegations against Palma A. Conrad, 70, in a press release on Tuesday. Conrad is charged with attempted murder, attempted homicide, and two counts of aggravated assault.
“It is alleged that Conrad stabbed her husband multiple times in the chest, face, neck, and mouth intending to kill him,” Blazek said.
According to a police affidavit filed by Officer Anthony Gilberto of the Littlestown Police Department on Monday, Conrad stabbed her husband, Richard Conrad, because of his desire to use medical marijuana, saying she was “sick of it.”
Gilberto had responded to a 911 call from the Conrads’ house and as he arrived saw Mrs. Conrad exiting the home with a black eye and blood on her hands, arms, and face. She told Gilberto she had stabbed her husband, who was inside the house, according to the police complaint. Mrs. Conrad was taken into custody and placed in a police car.
Upon entering the home, police found the victim lying on the living room floor covered in blood. He told police he had been sleeping in a chair when his wife stabbed him. When police asked Mr. Conrad how his wife got the black eye, he said that he had punched her in the face after she stabbed him. Emergency medical services then arrived and Mr. Conrad was transported by helicopter to the hospital and is reported to be in stable condition.
Police found a pair of scissors, a steak knife, and a butcher knife that had apparently been used by Mrs. Conrad in the attack.
“All three were covered in blood,” Gilberto wrote.
Woman Admits Attacking Husband
Police interviewed Mrs. Conrad at the scene. She told Gilberto that she and her husband had argued over his use of medical marijuana. Mrs. Conrad said she became angry and then attacked her husband while he sat in his chair. Mrs. Conrad stated she did not know if he was asleep or awake.
“I got a knife and stabbed him,” Conrad told Gilberto.
Mrs. Conrad said the knife “bounced” and she lost it. Mr. Conrad then “came after” and punched her. Mrs. Conrad then scratched and stabbed her husband’s face again. Mr. Conrad then told her to call 911 because he was dying, so she did.
Mrs. Conrad was also taken for medical treatment before being interviewed again by police. She repeated that she was upset over her husband’s use of medical marijuana, saying she was “sick of it.”
She also admitted that the idea of killing her husband had “rattled around” in her head for about a month. She also told police that she was disappointed to learn her husband was still alive.
Palma Conrad was arraigned on Monday and is being held in Adams County Prison in lieu of a $100,000 bail bond. She has a preliminary hearing scheduled for November 7.