Walker County Sheriff Investigator Sgt. Darrell Mote said Paul David Vintson, 53, of 8295 Old Birmingham Highway in Jasper, was arrested late Sunday night on charges of second-degree assault, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication in connection with the alleged stabbing of Norman Rudolph Freeman, 45, also of 8295 Old Birmingham Highway in Jasper.
“After speaking with District Attorney Bill Adair’s office, the assault charge filed against Vintson late Sunday night was upgraded to first-degree assault due to the seriousness of our victim’s injuries,” Mote said.
Mote said the Walker County Sheriff’s Office dispatched patrol deputies to a call at the address on Sunday at approximately 10 p.m. regarding a possible stabbing. When Sheriff’s Deputy Ray Capps arrived in the area of the address given, he was immediately flagged down by someone who said there had been a stabbing at the residence.
Mote said that Freeman and his wife had been living with Vintson after they lost their home to fire recently. An altercation apparently broke out when Freeman and his wife returned home that evening.
During the altercation, Vintson reportedly pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Freeman two times.
“Deputy Capps then discovered a white male — Freeman — lying in a ditch with two stab wounds to his side,” Mote said.
Freeman was then transported to UAB Hospital in Birmingham were he underwent surgery for his injuries and was put on a ventilator.
“When I talked with the hospital Wednesday morning, Freeman was still on the ventilator but in stable condition,” Mote said. “They were hoping to have him off the ventilator and in a regular room by Wednesday evening, but were not going to rush things.”
Mote said Vintson is currently being held in the Walker County Jail on a total of $32,000 in property bonds and no other charges are pending in the case at this time.