A New Mexico man is in disbelief his ex-wife got a get-out-of-jail free card, after she was charged with sneaking into his house in the middle of the night and stabbing him.
Now, he and his family are scared and want to know what the judge was thinking.
“I thought it only happened in movies,” said Jason Higgins.
Higgins says he was sleeping when his ex-wife, Julienne Rodery-Higgins, somehow got into his house near Roswell around 3 a.m. and started stabbing him with a knife.
He suffered wounds to his thigh and left shoulder.
“We were wrestling…I got her on the bed, and was holding her down, and at that point the flashlight illuminated her face and I could see who it was,” said Higgins.
He believes she drove all the way from her home in Las Cruces to carry out the attack, and that she did it because she was angry over losing custody of her kids.
They had another custody hearing set for the following day.
“She said give me back my f****** kids, you’re f****** up my kids,” he said.
Rodery-Higgins was in jail for two weeks, but Roswell judge KC Rogers released her last Friday.
Higgins says his family is now living in fear, losing sleep.
“Very much so haunts me. My wife isn’t living with me right now. She’s afraid that [Rodery-Higgins] will come back and try to finish what she started.”
Meanwhile, documents state Rodery-Higgins denied she did it. She’s been ordered not to have any contact with Higgins.
“We don’t believe it’s right,” said Higgins’ attorney, Clayton Hightower.
“She did a violent crime, she needs to be in jail,” said Higgins.
Hightower says he did call the District Attorney’s office to see what could be done about it.
“In this case, unfortunately, we have to let the process run its course,” said Hightower.
Rodery-Higgins’ next court appearance is Dec. 5. A judge could decide then whether or not to put her back behind bars.
She’s charged with aggravated battery and aggravated burglary.