[York Dispatch] A York County couple not only couldn’t agree on which “American Idol” contestant was going to win the reality singing contest last week but also couldn’t agree on who stabbed whom first. As Karen Elaine Harrelson, 48, and Gregory L. Stambaugh, 57, were watching “American Idol” in the basement of Stambaugh’s home, the two got into an drunken argument over which contestant should win the season’s title. So one of them went to the kitchen, got a knife and stabbed the other. Whoever was stabbed first then took hold of the knife and stabbed the other. Both Harrelson and Stambaugh told police the other one got a knife and struck first.
He said: Officer Matt Emig found Harrelson, who had blood on her arms and clothing, standing outside the home. An argumentative Stambaugh came out of the house and yelled about “how police don’t give a fuck about the girls” and “only arrest the guys”. He was taken into custody and told officers that he had been stabbed in his left forearm. Stambaugh told police that Harrelson went upstairs to the kitchen, got a knife, returned to the basement and stabbed him. He said she then went back to the main floor and Stambaugh followed her and got the knife away from her. Harrelson suffered cuts to her right wrist and two left fingers as they struggled for the knife.
She said: Harrelson’s version of what happened is slightly different. She told police she went to the kitchen and got a knife to cut a piece of cake when Stambaugh, who followed her upstairs, used a second knife to cut her wrist and also hit her head with his hand and threw her down. Harrelson said she stabbed Stambaugh with the knife she had and then called 911. Both Harrelson and Stambaugh told police they been drinking, with Stambaugh adding that Harrelson started drinking beer and tequila at 5 a.m. and that he joined in at noon by drinking beer and a pint of scotch.
Was there anyone more pumped for the American Idol finale than these two motherfuckers? You can’t really go much harder at pregaming than Karen & Gregory. But there is a subtle difference that sheds a little light onto their characters. Sure, Karen put on her nicest shirt for the event, but tequila at 5am is a pretty savage way to kick off the big day. I bet Greg was just as excited, but at least he’s got enough human decency to wait until noon before knocking down his pint of scotch.
Their stories though are what make this a pretty easy decision. Gregory’s pre-emptive “police don’t give a fuck about the girls” and “only arrest the guys” shows a bit of a guilty conscience, and maybe it wasn’t a good idea to follow the drunk broad who just plunged a knife into your arm up the stairs. But this was a heated argument. Only thing higher than their tempers in the basement was their BAC’s. So don’t try to tell me Karen just shrugged her shoulders, agreed to disagree & went to enjoy a piece of cake. Everyone’s way too hammered & way too temperamental for cake. Karen’s obviously a sore loser, a bad liar, and guilty of assault. Open & shut case.