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Adrienne Smith

Tulsa police arrested a district court judge’s daughter on allegations she stabbed the judge during a domestic assault at a residence in north Tulsa.

Police officers arrested Adrienne Smith, 28, on a complaint of domestic assault with a dangerous weapon. Smith is District Judge Sharon Holmes’ daughter.

Smith allegedly “grabbed a knife and started swinging at the victim,” according to an affidavit. The victim, Holmes, allegedly identified Smith as her assailant.

Smith called 911 on March 2, stating that she found Holmes on the kitchen floor of their residence in the 1300 block of North Denver Avenue in a pool of blood, according to a police report obtained by the Tulsa World.

“She initially stated that she pulled the knife from her (Holmes’) leg and threw it in the sink and began trying to stanch the flow of blood with a jacket,” a responding officer states in the report.

Smith told police that she and Holmes had been arguing about a relative. She further said the argument was only verbal, according to the report.

Police were dispatched to the residence at approximately 8 p.m. Officers noted that there was blood on the floor, kitchen cabinets and pooled on the countertop.

Investigators recovered the knife from the kitchen sink, where water was running upon their arrival. Smith allegedly told police that she left the kitchen during the argument and returned to find Holmes on the floor, bleeding.

“While interviewing Ms. Smith, she stated that Ms. Holmes fell on the knife, but she maintained that she was in the other room when the injury occurred and stated that she did not hear Ms. Holmes fall,” investigators state in an incident report.

Smith allegedly told officers that “any additional injuries to Ms. Holmes’ face” were an effort to keep Holmes conscious, according to the report.

Holmes was sworn in as a district judge in 2015 and is the first black woman to be elected to the position. She won re-election in November. Holmes remained hospitalized Saturday, a Tulsa Police Department spokesman said.

The stabbing was initially classified as an “accidental injury,” and then re-classified as a domestic violence incident.

The classification of the Holmes’ stabbing became an apparent matter of internal contention at Tulsa Police Department. A police official previously said that the decision could be subject to an internal investigation.

Generally, the Tulsa World does not identify victims of domestic violence or their relationship with suspects. The Tulsa World identified Holmes and the nature of Holmes and Smith’s relationship because Holmes is a public official.

Smith is being held in Tulsa County jail without bond. She was arrested about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. She is scheduled for an initial court appearance on Monday.

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​Harrison Grimwood



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