Joshua woman slashes ex-husband with knife during divorce proceeding, police say

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An attempted murder charge is expected this week against a Joshua woman who authorities say slashed her ex-husband with a hunting knife on Friday while they were exchanging divorce papers in a Cleburne courtroom, authorities said.

Her former husband was injured, but his condition was unavailable on Sunday.

The woman was identified as Kimberly K. Hartzell, 48. She was in the Johnson County Jail in Cleburne in lieu of $150,000 bail Sunday.

She was arrested Friday at the Guinn Justice Center in Cleburne after the stabbing, according to a Johnson County Sheriff's Office news release.

Hartzell's divorce had been finalized Friday morning at the Cleburne courthouse, deputies said.

But she and her ex-husband had to return to court later in the day to exchange paperwork.

She left the Cleburne courthouse, drove to a Burleson sporting goods store and bought a knife, according to the news release.

Hartzell returned to the courthouse at a pre-arranged time, pulled out the knife and slashed her ex-husband as they exchanged the paperwork, investigators said.

In an interview with investigators, Hartzell said she intended to kill her ex-husband, according to the news release.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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