Soldier accused of stabbing ex-wife 12 times

Vincent Mark Berry

June 28, 2011 6:56:19 AM PDT
A Fort Bragg solider is facing several charges after allegedly stabbing his ex-wife.On Sunday, Fayetteville police officers say they received a 911 call around 10 a.m. about a domestic assault that happened at a home on Geiberger Drive.

According to the victim, Sherrell President, her ex-husband, 26-year-old Sergeant Vincent Mark Berry - who is a member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, stopped by her house sometime after midnight to visit when he began to attack and stab her.

"I was just basically like on the floor and he was over me with a knife and I was trying to get it from him and he kept snatching away with it," President said. "And he was like ... just tell me why should I let you live? And I kept trying to tell him I got a son ... you got your son ... your life. And basically it was like 'kill or be killed.'"

President says she played dead until her ex-husband left her house. She says she then fled to her neighbor's house for help, hours hours after being stabbed multiple times. The whole ordeal allegedly lasted for about eight hours.

"I thought she had a tie-died shirt on, but come to find out she said, 'Oh no ... it's a white tee shirt,' so it was dry blood from the ordeal," President's neighbor Karla Collard said.

A short time later, police arrested Berry at his Pepperbush Drive home.

According to sources close to the investigation, Berry apparently left after thinking his ex-wife was dead. They say he took her cell phone and that is how police were able to track him down and make an arrest so quickly.

President - who is also a soldier - was taken to Cape Fear Valley Hospital, where she was later released after enduring 12 stab wounds.

"All I can say right now is that I'm grateful to God I'm alive," President said.

Berry is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, first degree kidnapping, assault on a female and communicating threats.

Berry is currently in custody at the Cumberland County Detention Center. No bond has been issued.

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