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Wausau man accused of stabbing husband 11 times while high on methSubmitted: 02/14/2020
Wausau man accused of stabbing husband 11 times while high on meth
Story By Newswatch 12 Team

Photos By Marathon County Sheriff's Office

WAUSAU - A Wausau man accused of stabbing his husband Feb. 3 while high on meth appeared before a judge Friday in Marathon County.

Aaron Hardy-Opper, 31, of Wausau was charged with Attempted 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide, Victim Intimidation, Battery, Disorderly Conduct, and Use of Dangerous Weapon.

Since the alleged stabbing, Hardy-Opper has been held on a $1 million bond.

In a criminal complaint obtained by Newswatch 12, the alleged stabbing victim reportedly called 911 around 4:15 p.m.

The complaint goes on to say that police had to chase down Hardy-Opper upon arriving at the scene.

Inside the house, officers found the victim in pool of blood. He was later taken to Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

The victim told police Hardy-Opper left for work around 4 p.m. but returned shortly after acting "off."

The victim then asked Hardy-Opper if he had "been using."

Afterward, the complaint claims Hardy-Opper stabbed the victim five times in the back, twice on his right leg and one time on his left leg, right ankle, right shoulder and right arm.

The victim, Hardy-Opper's husband, told police that Hardy-Opper said "I'm going to kill you" while stabbing him.

Hardy-Opper is scheduled for a review hearing Feb. 19 and 1:00 p.m.

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