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Donald Sperling (mug shot TCSO)

A jury in Taney County is hearing testimony in the case of a man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend multiple times last summer in Hollister.

Donald Shane Sperling, 40, of Forsyth, is charged with armed criminal action and first degree domestic assault with serious physical injury.

Prosecutors allege that on June 25, 2009, Sperling and his girlfriend were in a verbal dispute on the front lawn of a residence on Iowa Colony Road in Hollister when the verbal fight allegedly became physical and Sperling stabbed the woman 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 a rural 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.