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Marsha Diane Clarke (mug shot SCSO)
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An argument over a water heater appears to be the alleged motive of a stabbing Wednesday night in Stone County.

Stone County Sheriff Richard Hill says authorities from his office and the Christian County Sheriff's Office responded to 1700 Shelvin Rock Road, which is on the Stone and Christian County line, about 8:15 p.m.

Witnesses told investigators that Marsha Diane Clarke, 53, and her live-in boyfriend Marty David Fenley, 45, were arguing with their 38-year-old landlord because he couldn't fix the water heater and about a dog living inside the couples apartment when Clarke allegedly grabbed a long bladed knife and stabbed the landlord.  Per her rental agreement Clarke was not supposed to have an animal living in the apartment, according to a news release from Sheriff Hill.
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The victim is in stable condition after undergoing surgery at a Springfield hospital for a stab wound to the abdomen.

Clarke has been charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action and is being held in the Stone County jail on $100,000 bond.
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Marty David Fenley (mug shot SCSO)
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Fenley was arrested on a probation violation.  He is accused of violating the terms of his 2005 parole on a conviction of being a persistent drunk driver.  He is being held without bond in the Stone County.

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