Pittsfield woman claims self-defense in stabbing; victim might be charged

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PITTSFIELD — "I never wanted to hurt anyone; I just didn't want to get hurt myself."

That's what Tina M. Provost said during her dangerousness hearing on Monday regarding the stabbing of a 30-year-old man on Saturday evening at a South John Street apartment.

The victim suffered extensive internal injuries that required two surgeries, police said. His condition has since stabilized.

Provost, 53, of Pittsfield, was released on her own recognizance, but must abide by conditions, including surrendering any firearms or dangerous weapons and having no contact with the victim. She also was ordered to refrain from alcohol and be subject to testing.

Provost and a witness who was in the apartment Saturday said the stabbing was in self-defense after an argument turned violent.

The victim told police he and Provost got into an argument because he wouldn't smoke pot with her and, when he refused, she took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed him.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard Dohoney had filed a motion asking Judge Mark J. Pasquariello to hold Provost without the right to bail.

Provost, represented by attorney Harry Conklin, and the witness both testified at the hearing and gave similar accounts of the incident.

Both said the victim was the instigator of an argument that escalated to the point where he put his hand around Provost's throat, pushed her into a closet and threw her down onto a bed and held her there until she could get away.

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Under cross-examination by Dohoney, Provost said she took a knife from the kitchen and put it in her pocket, figuring she'd be less likely to get hurt further if she had something with which to defend herself.

Provost said she didn't contact police during the argument, but did contact a family member of the man to come and get him out of the house.

She alleged the man has anger management issues, and alluded to past incidents of violence.

She told police who responded to the stabbing that she couldn't take the abuse any more.

"I want him to get help," Provost said in court Monday.

Police said they intend to charge the stabbing victim with assault and battery and have him summoned to court at a later date.

During her arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court, Provost pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and battery in connection with the incident.

She is due back in court on May 15 for a pretrial hearing.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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