GLASGOW – A second person has been arrested in connection with the death of Murrel Pruitt, 64, of Tompkinsville, who was stabbed on Jan. 9.

James Eric Forrest, 34, was arrested Wednesday by the Tompkinsville Police Department and charged with first-degree assault, according to a Tompkinsville Police Department press release.

Forrest has been lodged in the Barren County Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond, according to the jail website.

Forrest is the son of Joanne Tooley, 56, of Tompkinsville, who was arrested on Jan. 9. She is accused of stabbing Pruitt, her boyfriend, in the early morning hours of Jan. 9 at 201 W. Carmen St. in Tompkinsville. Pruitt died from several apparent stab wounds, said a press release from the Tompkinsville Police Department.



According to a Tompkinsville Police Department citation, which is on file in the Monroe County Circuit Clerk's office, Tooley was read her Miranda warning in which she said she and Pruitt had been drinking with friends earlier in the evening and that after everyone left Pruitt became aggressive toward her.

The citation states that Tooley retrieved a knife from the kitchen and placed it in her right front pocket while Pruitt was in his bedroom. Tooley said that when Pruitt entered the living room a physical altercation between them ensued, resulting in the couple falling to the floor. Tooley said she then retrieved the knife from her pocket and stabbed Pruitt two to three times. Tooley said Pruitt was still being aggressive toward her and she said: "'I just kept stabbing him and couldn't stop. I just had so much built up.'"

The citation also noted Tooley said she posted on Facebook for someone to call 911 due to her not having a cell phone; however, Forrest and a friend, Michael "Munk" Keith, were outside at the time of the stabbing. Keith said he and Forrest had been inside the residence drinking with Tooley and Pruitt earlier in the night but went outside after Tooley and Pruitt began to argue.

After 10 to 15 minutes, Keith said they heard the front glass break out of the door and they went to the neighbors' house to get help, but were unsuccessful. Keith said when he came back to the W. Carmen St. residence he saw Tooley stabbing Pruitt repeatedly while shouting "' You'll never hit me again,'" the citation said.

Keith said he then immediately called 911. Tooley was detained and transported to Monroe County Medical Center where she received medical treatment for her injuries and medical clearance, the citation said. Pruitt was later transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Louisville for further analysis, the citation said.

Tooley appeared in Monroe District Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to one count of murder (domestic violence).

Tooley remains incarcerated in the Barren County Detention Center, where she is also being held in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond. She is scheduled to appear back in Monroe District Court on Jan. 21 for a preliminary hearing.

Forrest is scheduled to be arraigned in Monroe District Court on Jan. 21.

An attempt to obtain a copy of a police report regarding Forrest's arrest by deadline was unsuccessful.

The investigation continues, according to the police department press release.

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