A judge on Tuesday denied a bond reduction for a woman charged with stabbing her mother, Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes, during a verbal dispute earlier this month.
Adrienne Smith, 28, had her first court appearance Tuesday afternoon before Creek County Special Judge Richard Woolery, who entered a not-guilty plea on Smith’s behalf to a felony count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Tulsa police arrested Smith on March 9 on a complaint of felony domestic assault and battery after they said Holmes identified Smith that day as the person who stabbed her in the leg at her north Tulsa home a week earlier.
Woolery set Smith’s bail at $10,000 on March 11 and on Tuesday denied a request from Christine Umeh, one of Smith’s attorneys, to either reduce the amount or release her on her personal recognizance. Smith’s attorneys are a part of Still She Rises, an organization that provides free legal aid for indigent defendants, with a focus on mothers who live in north Tulsa.
Umeh argued that Smith has no prior legal history in any district court and said she likely cannot afford to pay for her pretrial release. She proposed for Smith to continue staying with her fiance and said Smith’s lifelong ties to the Tulsa area mean she is not a flight risk.
But Rogers County Assistant District Attorney Edith Singer countered that she thought the $10,000 amount is reasonable and said an even higher bond would be appropriate.
“This is a very, very significant event involving the defendant’s own mother,” Singer said. “This was a very large knife the victim was stabbed with.”
Oklahoma Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice Yvonne Kauger signed an order March 12 assigning Woolery to preside over preliminary matters against Smith. His work will include the criminal case as well as outstanding protective order and guardianship proceedings, according to the order.
In the same week, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter assigned the Rogers County District Attorney’s Office to handle any potential criminal case.
The Tulsa Police Department has confirmed that it opened an internal investigation regarding the initial handling of the matter, which records obtained by the Tulsa World on March 7 show was first classified as an accident.
Woolery granted Singer’s request to require Smith to wear an ankle monitor if she is released from jail. He barred Smith from having any contact with Holmes and limited Smith’s contact with Holmes’ sister to only what is necessary during future court appearances.
Smith’s next court appearance is set for April 4.