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Donald Sperling mug shot

The jury trial that was to begin this week for a Forsyth man charged with first-degree domestic assault with serious injury for the alleged stabbing of his girlfriend last June has been postponed until next month.

Prosecutors say that on June 25, 2009, Donald Shane Sperling, 40, and his girlfriend were in a verbal dispute on the front lawn of the residence on Iowa Colony Road in Hollister when the verbal fight allegedly became physical and he stabbed her multiple times.

According to court documents, after the victim (T. M.) was stabbed she made her way back inside and told her son, "I'm going to die, he stabbed me."

Because the victim and her son lived in an isolated area and because the wounds appeared to be life threatening he met the ambulance that was en-route at a central location. T.M. was transported to Skaggs hospital then transferred to a Springfield hospital with critical injuries.

The next day Sperling walked in to the Ava police department and told them he was wanted in Hollister for stabbing his girlfriend multiple times the night before.

The trial for Sperling, who is also charged with armed criminal action, is scheduled to begin on June 7th in Forsyth.

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