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Oliver Twp. woman stabs brother

Woman charged with attempted homicide after brawl inside home

McVEYTOWN — An Oliver Township woman has been charged with attempted homicide and other related charges after police said she stabbed her brother in the back while he fought with her boyfriend Friday evening at her residence.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by the Pennsylvania State Police, 29-year-old Desiree Michelle Kerr had called 911 at approximately 7:25 p.m. and told the dispatcher that she had just stabbed her brother at her home at 7980 U.S. Highway 522 S. in Oliver Township, where she lives with her boyfriend and one other woman.

According to the affidavit, Kerr’s boyfriend had confronted their roomate online the night before without incident regarding her treatment of Kerr. The following day, according to Kerr and her boyfriend’s statements in police documents, Kerr’s brother entered her and her boyfriend’s residence. He approached Kerr’s boyfriend, and the two began to fight. During the altercation, Kerr’s brother had pinned Kerr’s boyfriend against the wall and later the floor before beginning to choke him. Police said Kerr’s boyfriend had also attempted to put Kerr’s brother in a headlock.

Police said during the fight, Kerr’s brother stated he was “done” before getting up and leaving the residence, at which time Kerr’s boyfriend noticed blood on the floor where the fight happened.

According to the affidavit, Kerr told her boyfriend that she had stabbed her brother in the back with a kitchen knife. According to the criminal complaint, police said Kerr stabbed her brother twice.

Police said Kerr’s brother was flown to UPMC Altoona for surgery to remove the blade from his back, but not before telling a state trooper who met him at the hospital that he had gotten into a fight with his sister’s boyfriend and that “My sister stabbed me in the back.”

When later interviewed again, Kerr’s boyfriend told police “I don’t know why she did that” in reference to Kerr allegedly stabbing her brother, according to the affidavit.

Kerr is charged with attempted homicide, two felony counts of aggravated assault, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and one misdemeanor account of recklessly endangering another person.

Kerr remains incarcerated at the Mifflin County Correctional Facility, having been denied bail. According to online court records, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Mifflin County Central Court before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Reed.

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