RICHMOND, Mo. — Formal charges were filed in Ray County Circuit Court against a Richmond woman accused of stabbing her significant other while driving in Rayville, Mo., in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 9.

According to court records, Venessa Wooten, 42, of Richmond, Mo., is charged with two counts of felony domestic assault in the first degree and two counts of felony armed criminal action.

The probable cause statement indicates that Wooten and the victim were driving southbound on Route C between Route U and 140th St. in Rayville when the incident occurred. The victim was reportedly stabbed in the back and in his right tricep.

When authorities arrived on scene Wooten allegedly made the spontaneous utterance that she had been defending herself when she stabbed the male victim but had no physical signs that an assault occurred.

Wooten was ultimately placed into custody at the Ray County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond with special conditions. Future court proceedings have not yet been scheduled.