Woman in Christmas Eve knife fight scheduled for court today
A woman accused of using a carving knife on her husband on Christmas Eve will be in court today in her first appearance before Judge J.E. DeVilbiss.
And although there were indications that further charges were being contemplated, possibly against her husband, no such charges have been filed.
Jann Elliot, 38, was arrested early Christmas morning after police showed up at her home on Lone Pine Road in response to a call from her husband, Blair Elliot.
She has been charged with second-degree assault and menacing with a deadly weapon, both felonies. If convicted of both charges, she could be sentenced to up to three years in prison for assault and up to two years for menacing.
According to police, the couple went out to dinner on Christmas Eve with Blair’s brother and sister-in-law and the other couple’s children.
After dinner, the police report states, Jann Elliot returned home with the children and the other three adults stayed out until around 2 a.m. At that point, according to reports, the adults returned to the Lone Pine home, and Blair joined his wife in bed. But, according to police statements, Jann was upset about the way the evening had gone.
The two started fighting, according to reports, and Blair Elliot went downstairs to lie down on a sofa. He claimed to police that Jann followed him downstairs, grabbed a carving knife out of the kitchen and started waving it at him while berating him for his behavior that night.
Blair said he tried to grab the knife and one of his hands was cut, severing a nerve and requiring several stitches at the emergency room. He called police after taking the knife from his wife and throwing it, along with several other knives, off a balcony onto the roof of a nearby structure.
Following her arrest, Jann Elliot reportedly has been ordered by the court to stay away from her husband and has been staying with friends.
Sources familiar with the situation said that Jann Elliot also was injured that night.
But no details of any such injuries have been released, and Aspen police Det. Jim Crowley, who is in charge of the investigation, said that Jann Elliot “has refused to talk to me” to tell her side of the story.
Elliot was jailed the night of her arrest but is currently free on $7,500 bond.
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I try to remember to give thanks every day I spend outside, whether it be floating the Colorado or Roaring Fork, fishing an epic dry fly hatch on the Fryingpan, or teasing up tiny brook trout on a remote lake or stream. We’re spoiled rotten here, so it’s easy to be thankful.