Woman tried to kill husband after medical marijuana argument, police say

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A 70-year-old Adams County woman is accused of stabbing her husband multiple times in the chest, face, and neck because he wanted to use medical marijuana.

Palma A. Conrad, of Littlestown, is charged with attempted murder, attempted homicide, and two counts of aggravated assault.

Conrad called 911 to report the incident Monday morning. Her face, arms, and hands were covered in blood and she had a black eye when an officer arrived at the couple’s home in the 300-block of Lexington Way, Littlestown police said in charging documents.

Her husband, Richard Conrad, was lying on the living room floor and covered in blood. He told police he was asleep in a recliner when his wife stabbed him in the chest. He said he punched his wife in the face in an attempt to stop the attack.

He was flown to a hospital by helicopter and was said to be in stable condition.

Palma Conrad told police she argued with her husband because he wanted to use medical marijuana. She said she “got a knife and stabbed him,” but the knife “bounced” out on the first stab and she lost it, and that’s when her husband punched her.

She said she stabbed her husband a few times in the neck then called 911 when he told her he was dying.

Mrs. Conrad was treated at a hospital and interviewed again at the Littlestown Police Department. She said she was upset and “sick of it” over her husband getting medical marijuana, so after an argument, she walked into the kitchen, saw the knife, and decided to kill him, the criminal complaint states.

She also said that after she lost the knife, she knew she “needed to end this” and pulled her husband out of his chair and onto the floor then scratched and stabbed him in the face and neck. She told police she remembered stabbing her husband but didn’t remember what she used.

Police said a steak knife, a large butcher knife, and a pair of scissors were all covered in blood.

Conrad also told police that thoughts about killing her husband “rattled around” her mind for “the past month or so.” She was disappointed to know he was still alive, police said in the complaint.

She was placed in Adams County Prison on $100,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7. 

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