Stabbing Suspect Caught


Frankie Marie Stiner, 36, was taken into custody Sunday morning on charges of attempted murder. Stiner was wanted in connection with the Sept. 18 stabbing of Star Valley resident Anita Lee.

Investigators with the Gila County Sheriff's Department received confidential information from an informant that Stiner had fled to Cornville following the assault. Gila County detectives contacted the Yavapai County Sheriff's Department for assistance.

Gila County Sheriff's Det. George Ratliff and Deputy George Scott went to Cornville and arrested Stiner at the residence without incident.

Stiner was booked into the Gila County jail on a charge of attempted first degree murder. She received an initial appearance where bond was set at $500,000.

Stiner had just spent 90 days in the Gila County jail system following a probation violation. She was released from jail approximately three hours prior to committing the assault on Lee. Stiner was serving probation following charges of aggravated DUI and possession of marijuana.

Ratliff said Stiner had been in a relationship with Lee's boyfriend prior to her 90-day stint in jail. The case will be presented to a grand jury Wednesday for a formal complaint.

Lee was attacked and stabbed five times while in her home. She was air-lifted to a Valley hospital where she underwent surgery last week. She remains in guarded condition, and is expected to be released from the hospital sometime this week.

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