Huntington Woman Admits to Stabbing and Killing Her Husband With Dagger During Foreplay

Huntington Woman Admits to Stabbing and Killing Her Husband With Dagger During Foreplay

A Huntington woman has admitted to stabbing her husband in the back with a 14-inch decorative dagger and killing him while the two were engaging in sexual foreplay.

Jennifer Lynn Via, 49, killed her husband on November 4, 2017. On Monday she confessed to stabbing him and admitted that he was stabbed as a part of a type of sexual foreplay they often performed during their relationship.

Just 10 days after the death of her husband, she was charged with first-degree murder after her story did not line up with the evidence that had been collected.

She was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years but it could reduced to as low as three years at an August 19 hearing where they look into her criminal and personal history.

More on the story from the Herald-Dispatch:

On the night of her husband’s death, Via called Cabell County 911 to stay he had been accidentally stabbed while horse-playing.

Former Huntington police detective Chris Sperry previously said Via had given family and law enforcement agents several stories of how her husband had died and attempted just days after his death to collect an $80,000 life insurance policy that had been increased weeks before the incident.

The varying stories included that he had slipped on water and fell into an old knife or screwdriver.

Huntington Detective Chris Sperry said Via said they had been mimicking a ninja superhero movie and she accidentally stabbed her husband as he stood up from a bent-over position while dumping water into a toilet.

At her plea hearing Monday, Via said the pair had been playing around with a dagger when the knife pierced him.

“My husband and I liked to fight and have sex and then make up, if that’s the right way to say that,” she said. “He wasn’t supposed to get hurt, but it did happen.”

Defense attorney Kerry Nessel claims that alcohol is probably to blame for the incident.

“As strange as this is, they watched these Kung Fu movies and it led to, what I would tell a jury, foreplay, which was both of them getting pretty violent with each other while playing with weapons,” Neel said. “That’s what led to this.”

Defense attorney Abe Saad claims that she should only be guilty of voluntary manslaughter since she had no intent to kill her husband.

Cabell prosecutor Sean “Corky” Hammers states otherwise. He claims there is evidence that supports this murder was no accident.

“We would be arguing, just on the facts itself and the background, that it was no accident,” Corky stated.

Currently Via is housed in Barboursville at the Western Regional Jail.



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