BARRE — A Granite City couple is accused of attacking each other with one of them stabbing the other with a knife.

Elizabeth Blakeney, 40, pleaded not guilty Monday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to a felony count of first-degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon and a misdemeanor count of aggravated disorderly conduct. If convicted, Blakeney faces a maximum sentence of 15½ years in prison. She was released on conditions.

Glenn Christopher McBride, 43, pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and aggravated disorderly conduct. If convicted, McBride faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison. He was also released on conditions.

Officer Michael Reale, of the Barre City police, said in his affidavit a domestic disturbance was reported at the Hollow Inn & Motel on Saturday. Reale said the report stated someone had been stabbed in the hand and was bleeding.

Reale said he spoke with Blakeney, who initially told him she had gotten into an argument with McBride, but everything was okay and he was sleeping. He said McBride came out and his right hand was wrapped in duct tape. He told police he had been “messing around” and ended up cutting himself. McBride was taken to Central Vermont Medical Center to be treated for the injury, according to court records.

Blakeney told police McBride had been sleeping when he woke up and started attacking her. She told police McBride kicked her in the back and hit her multiple times. Blakeney reported she grabbed a knife and then McBride grabbed her and threw her to the floor. She told police McBride didn’t know she had the knife and she cut his hand to get him off of her.

Blakeney told police McBride had choked her three times Saturday, but Reale said she didn’t have any redness on the front of her neck and the back of her neck was slightly red.

After he was discharged from the hospital, McBride told police he and Blakeney were arguing about their relationship when Blakeney came out with a knife and started running at him. He told police he knocked her to the ground and was stabbed in the hand trying to get the knife away from her. Reale said McBride admitted to kicking Blakeney while trying to get the knife away from her.

A witness told police she heard McBride yelling for help and heard Blakeney admit to stabbing McBride, according to court records.

eric.blaisdell @timesargus.com

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