Documents add details to stabbing case

Tammy Gnegy

WOODSTOCK – A search warrant filed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court says that a woman accused of stabbing her live-in boyfriend had taken medication sometime before without the prescription required to obtain it legally.

The search warrant was executed at the home of the defendant, Tammy Lynn Gnegy, 24, of 31 Lamberts Villa, Edinburg. She has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding.

The search warrant says that Gnegy told a deputy and investigator from the Sheriff’s Office that she had taken Xanex, an anti-anxiety medication, earlier in the evening, but she did not have a prescription for it.

Other documents filed in juvenile and domestic relations court shed additional light on the authorities’ version of the incident.

A criminal complaint identifies the victim as Phillip Runion, who is described in the document as Gnegy’s live-in boyfriend.

She stabbed him at about 9:20 p.m. on Nov. 16 during a dispute, the complaint says.

“Gnegy stated that she had gotten into a verbal altercation with Runion, grabbed a knife from the kitchen and went into the bathroom to attempt to cut her own wrist,” the complaint says.

Runion followed the defendant into the bathroom and tried to seize the knife from her, but she stabbed him in the chest, the complaint says.

A physical altercation followed the stabbing, and Runion left the bathroom only to scuffle with the defendant again in the kitchen, the complaint says. Runion then left the house and went to the residence of his mother, who called 911.

Runion was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital where he was treated for knife wounds to the chest and hand.

Court records show that Gnegy was released from jail on a $1,000 secured bond to await further court appearances.

The search warrant, executed by Lt. Chris Baker of the Sheriff’s Office, lists a knife, unspecified green plant material, miscellaneous swabs, and a shirt among the items seized at Gnegy’s residence.

Baker did not rule out additional charges being filed against Gnegy.

“It’s still under investigation,” Baker said of the case.

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