Murfreesboro police believe a man went on a jealous rage and brutally attacked his ex-wife with a box cutter and a screwdriver because she had a male friend over. It happened just hours before she was planning to be in Rutherford County Circuit Court to extend an order of protection against the man.
Some neighbors at the Tennessee Park Apartment located on Mercury Boulevard in Murfreesboro thought they were hearing gunshots at about 1:30 a.m., but police said it was Reginald Barkley, 46, of Antioch, smashing in the front door of his ex-wife's apartment with a sledge hammer.
Police said once inside, he motioned as if he had a gun and confronted the male friend, Tony Bethea, sending him to a back room, while his ex-wife, Calandra Barkley, 33, ran into an adjacent room where he attacked her, possibly with the box cutter and screwdriver.
"It was very brutal," said Clyde Adkison, Murfreesboro police major. "She has serious laceration about the face and the upper neck, and to the upper left hip there are some puncture wounds."
Bethea ran out of the apartment and the victim was able to escape too; blood was still visible on the door. The woman's three children were not harmed.
This wasn't the first time Barkley forced his way inside the ex-wife's apartment. On Jan. 27, police said he pushed his way in, threatening and accusing his ex-wife of having a boyfriend. According to a domestic violence report, he smacked her glasses off her face.
The ex-wife took out an order of protection two days later. Barkley was supposed to appear in court this morning on the temporary restraining order, but court officials said no one showed up. That's because he is sitting in jail and his ex-wife was sent to the hospital to be treated for her injuries.
"We still advocate order of protection," Adkison said. "We still want victims involved in a domestic situation to get an order of protection. It does help in most cases. Is it 100 percent effective? Apparently not," he said.
When Barkley filed the order of protection two weeks ago, she wrote in the narrative that she was in fear of her life. She went on to write that she received serious injuries at the hands of her husband back in 2011. He was still on probation, according to the report.
"It's definitely a little unnerving," said neighbor Adria Meier.
Meier lives right across from Barkley. She slept right through all the commotion, but she's not worried about future violence.
"I think it was a very isolated incident and I don't feel like he is going to come and start sledge hammering everybody's door down," Meier said.
Channel 4 News spoke with the victim, but she didn't want to do an interview. The cuts were visible on her face, but she was in good spirits and said she and her children are doing fine.
Barkley remains behind bars on a $450,000 bond. He's facing attempted homicide, aggravated assault and aggravated burglary charges.
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