A York County couple not only couldn't agree on which "American Idol" contestant was going to win the reality singing contest last week but also couldn't agree on who stabbed whom first.
As Karen Elaine Harrelson, 48, and Gregory L. Stambaugh, 57, were watching "American Idol" in the basement of Stambaugh's West Manchester Township home Wednesday, May 15, the two got into an drunken argument over which contestant - Candice Glover or Kree Harrison - should win the season's title.
So one of them went to the kitchen, got a knife and stabbed the other. Whoever was stabbed first then took hold of the knife and stabbed the other, according to West Manchester Township Police.
Both Harrelson and Stambaugh told police the other one got a knife and struck first, according to a police report.
They were treated at York Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Lost: Unlike the TV show, which has a clear winner, both Harrelson and Stambaugh lost when they were each charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of aggravated assault, according to online court documents.
Harrelson remains in York County Prison in lieu of $30,000 bail, and Stambaugh is there on $70,000 bail, a prison spokesman said.
Harrelson has an address in Red Lion but was living with Stambaugh in his 2040 Lycan Drive home, according to the report.
Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Snell said Stambaugh and Harrelson were in a relationship at the time of the incident.
He said: Officers were dispatched to Stambaugh's home about 9:20 p.m. for a domestic dispute involving a knife.
According to the report, Officer Matt Emig found Harrelson, who had blood on her arms and clothing, standing outside the home when he arrived on the scene.
An argumentative Stambaugh came out of the house and yelled about "how police don't give a f-- about the girls" and "only arrest the guys," Officer Adam Jordan wrote in the report.
He was taken into custody and told officers that he had been stabbed in his left forearm.
Stambaugh told police that Harrelson went upstairs to the kitchen, got a knife, returned to the basement and stabbed him. He said she then went back to the main floor and Stambaugh followed her and got the knife away from her, the report says.
He also told police that Harrelson suffered cuts to her right wrist and two left fingers as she and Stambaugh struggled for the knife.
She said: Harrelson's version of what happened is slightly different.
She told police she went to the kitchen and got a knife to cut a piece of cake when Stambaugh, who followed her upstairs, used a second knife to cut her wrist and also hit her head with his hand and threw her down, the report says.
Harrelson said she stabbed Stambaugh with the knife she had and then called 911, the report says.
Police said they retrieved two knives and two bottles of alcohol, among other things, from the home.
Both Harrelson and Stambaugh told police they been drinking, with Stambaugh adding that Harrelson started drinking beer and tequila at 5 a.m. and that he joined in at noon by drinking beer and a pint of scotch, the report says.
Candice Glover defeated Kree Harrison to take home the title in the 12th season of "American Idol."
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