WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


Victim Speaks Out While Recovering From West Side Attack

Reported: Jan. 3, 2014 10:10 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 3, 2014 11:23 PM EST
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

News Image

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Stefano DiPietrantonio)-- A Putnam County woman who was brutally stabbed Monday is recovering, and she spoke with Eyewitness News Friday night about the horrific attack.

It was amazing that Betty Whiteley was even able to speak, considering the severity of her injuries. There are puncture wounds all over her chin and the side of her neck.

She also has massive bruising on her neck and staples in her head from where she was stabbed repeatedly, but she is not giving up.

"Yeah, it's another puncture wound," Whiteley said, as she pointed to the holes underneath her chin and around her neck. "I have five staples on the top of my head right at my crown."

The cuts were so deep, she said she is lucky to be alive.

"Bleeding, my brain was bleeding," she said, stonefaced. Her neck is purple and bruised.

"I'm blessed, because he didn't kill me, but he didn't kill me because it wasn't my time," she said.

Whiteley was attacked with a screwdriver in her realty office on Monday, on Charleston’s West Side. Police said Jerry Smith, who was a stranger with hard luck stories Whiteley had befriended by giving money a couple of times, had brutally beaten and stabbed her with a screwdriver.

"I was just working and he was just sitting there,” she said.

When asked if she ever felt threatened by Smith, Whitely replied, “No!”

“He leaned up against the table and said, why are you so nice?" she said.

Smith asked her for money, she said, but she had none to give him.

"Please don't be mad at me because I don't have it,” Whitely said she told him. “He just grinned at me and said ‘I'm not,’ "

Whiteley said Smith got up and started looking at books behind her. She said she could never have imagined what came next.

"His left hand was on my neck, from behind and he's squeezing, as hard as he can squeeze and he's pounding me, he's just pounding me,” she said. “The only thing I can remember saying was, ‘Oh, God! No! Oh, God, no! Oh, God, no!," she said.

Whiteley said she slid off her chair and tried to crawl under her desk, while Smith tried to pull the rings off her fingers. He was not successful in getting them off her fingers. The whole time, she was holding her hands up over her head, trying to
protect it, she said.

"I just saw blood on the floor," she said.

Her hand was wrapped up, after surgery to repair her thumb.

"That screwdriver that broke that bone, would have killed me," she said.

When Smith was asked about the incident before his arraignment, he apologized and asked for mercy.

"I'm truly sorry,” Smith said.

When asked if he should be forgiven, Smith said “I hope she will!"

Whitely said God says we should forgive.

"I may forgive, but I may not forget!,” Whiteley laughed. “I doubt very seriously I will be that kind!"



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Man Arrested, Accused Of Kicking Pregnant Girlfriend In Stomach
News
Jul. 23, 2014 11:39 PM EDT
A man was arrested Wednesday, and is accused of kicking ...
Full News Story and Video

Class Action Suit Filed Against Dirty Girl Mud Run Owners, After Refunds Refused
News
Jul. 23, 2014 6:50 PM EDT
No race and no refunds - that's the latest on the mess ...
Full News Story and Video

Man Charged After Police Say He Exposed Himself To Two Girls
News
Jul. 23, 2014 10:27 PM EDT
Nitro police arrested a man Wednesday, after police ...
Full News Story


News Rescue Group Nursing Severely-Injured Cat Back To Health
Jul. 23, 2014 11:29 PM EDT
News Two Arrested, Two Sought In Connection With Gallia Break-Ins
Jul. 23, 2014 11:26 PM EDT
News Driver Killed In Braxton Motorcycle Crash
Jul. 23, 2014 11:30 PM EDT
News Police Say Two Arrested After Breaking Into Condemned Meth House
Jul. 23, 2014 11:31 PM EDT
News School Boards Discuss Sharing Services
Jul. 23, 2014 11:28 PM EDT
News Library Seeks Public's Input
Jul. 23, 2014 11:28 PM EDT
News Preparations Under Way For Girls Night Out
Jul. 23, 2014 9:46 PM EDT
News Crash Leads To I-79 Lane Closure, Man Injured
Jul. 23, 2014 11:32 PM EDT
News Federal Government Agrees To Test Chemical For Long-Term Effects
Jul. 23, 2014 6:47 PM EDT
News Fire Marshals Say Arson Believed Cause Of Church Fire
Jul. 23, 2014 6:50 PM EDT
News Man Charged With Firing Shots Near School Pleads Guilty
Jul. 23, 2014 10:44 PM EDT
News Bond Reduction Denied For Shoot-Out Suspect
Jul. 23, 2014 6:52 PM EDT
News Renovated Kroger Hosts Grand Opening
Jul. 23, 2014 5:34 PM EDT
News NPS Assesses Impact Of WV Attractions
Jul. 23, 2014 5:36 PM EDT
News Carper Calls On Tax Commissioner To Clarify Code On Misconduct Of Officers
Jul. 23, 2014 11:32 PM EDT
News Dispatchers Say Men Arrested After Break-In Into Apparent Condemned Meth House
Jul. 23, 2014 4:25 PM EDT
News Chemical Extraction At Westmoreland Park Could Take Longer Than Expected
Jul. 23, 2014 6:52 PM EDT
News Two Charged In Clay County Robbery, Beating
Jul. 23, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
News Persons Of Interests Named In East End Shooting Investigation
Jul. 23, 2014 6:52 PM EDT
News Mobile Home Fire Reported On Victoria Road In Cross Lanes Area
Jul. 23, 2014 4:24 PM EDT
News Push America Rolls Through The River City
Jul. 23, 2014 6:53 PM EDT
News WVU Announces Football Series With NC State
Jul. 23, 2014 1:38 PM EDT
News Federal Agencies Promise Additional Studies, Analysis On Jan. 9 Chemical Spill
Jul. 23, 2014 12:42 PM EDT
News Changes Being Made To Dangerous Wild Animals Act
Jul. 23, 2014 1:12 PM EDT
News Man Faces Kidnapping, Other Charges In Putnam County
Jul. 23, 2014 6:54 PM EDT
News Man Dies After Vehicle Plummets Over Mountain Side
Jul. 23, 2014 1:49 PM EDT
News Hurricane Studies Ways To Deal With Crowding At Water Playground
Jul. 23, 2014 6:55 PM EDT
News Loyal Dog Herman Stands Guard Over Wounded Companion
Jul. 23, 2014 10:46 AM EDT
News Metro 911 First Emergency Center In State To Allow Texting For Help
Jul. 23, 2014 11:17 AM EDT
News WV Man Faces Federal Charges For Selling Turtles Out Of State
Jul. 23, 2014 8:48 AM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
W.Va. airport may claim sovereign immunity in suit

Charleston's airport could claim sovereign immunity in a lawsuit saying the airport was partly to blame for a tap-water contaminating chemical spill.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Soldiers deploying from Campbell, Bragg

Soldiers from two 101st Airborne Division brigades from Fort Campbell and from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will deploy to Afghanistan, involving about 3,600 soldiers.
Full Story

Ohio News
Ohio woman to be sentenced in slave labor case

A northeast Ohio woman convicted along with her boyfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in their home for nearly two years will be sentenced in federal court in Youngstown.
Full Story







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.