An man from Ozark has been charged with felony assault with serious physical injury and armed criminal action for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend’s father over the weekend.
Prosecutor Ron Cleek says Oscar Nava, 26, who had been drinking, was charged for the June 26th incident in which he allegedly stabbed Christopher Bryan Wood, in the abdomen with a 15- to 18-inch serrated bread knife at Nava’s residence at 1788 West Grapevine.
According to the probable cause statement, "Genevie Wood (Jenny) was tending to the injuries Oscar received during the fight with Scott Cornelius. He (Christopher Wood) said he waited outside and Nikki Wood (his wife) entered the residence and sat on the other couch. He said he could hear Oscar getting sarcastic with Nikki and Genevie so he entered the residence and sat in a chair by the front door. Christopher said Oscar got in Nikki's face and continued with the sarcasm. Christopher said he told Oscar to stop and Oscar responded by calling Christopher names like punk and bitch."
Wood told investigators that Nava then told Wood, "He owed him money and they began to curse at one another."
The fight spilled over into the kitchen where it escalated. At some point Genevie (Jenny) stepped between her boyfriend and her father and Oscar pushed her. According to court records that's when Wood punched Nava in the nose, causing him to fall back into a window, breaking it.
The men scuffled on the floor for a bit before Nava allegedly, "Got up and grabbed a knife from the kitchen counter." Wood told investigators he backed up into the living room and Nava, "Followed him swinging the knife at him." Wood says he was able to restrain Nava on the couch while his daughter attempted to take the knife from her boyfriend. "He (Wood) advised it was at this time he felt a burning feeling in his stomach and realizes he is bleeding excessively."
Wood told detectives he got up and ran out the front door but that Nava followed him and they got into another physical altercation in the carport. Wood says that he was once again able to restrain Nava who began, "Pleading with him to let him go because the cops would put him in jail." Feeling weak from his wounds, Wood let Nava go and he left the residence in a truck.
Ozark police chief Lyle Hodges says Nava was apprehended at a nearby residence.
Wood, who was taken to Cox South Hospital, says he underwent surgery and is in a lot of pain. "I'm hurting, but I'm gonna live."
Nava is also facing charges of third degree domestic assault for an unrelated incident in May. He is being held in the Christian County Jail on $75,000 bond.