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Ropesville area woman dies following stabbing

dies following stabbing A Ropesville area woman died Saturday in Amarillo – 12 hours after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband. 

Holly Elizabeth Combs, 24, died at 10:52 a.m. Saturday.

Justice of the Peace Nancy Bosquez ordered an autopsy to be performed in Lubbock. William Chet Stewart, 35, of Amarillo was arraigned for murder on Sunday. 

Bond was set at $1 million.

Amarillo police went to a bar at 609 S. Independence at 10:35 p.m. Oct. 10 in reference to a stabbing.

An ambulance transported the victim to a local hospital, according to a news release. 

Officers learned that Stewart had left the scene in a vehicle. 

While police were investigating the stabbing, they were notified that Stewart had turned himself in at the Randall County Sheriff’s Office. 

Amarillo police transported Stewart to the Detective Division of the Amarillo Police Department. He was then booked into the Potter County Correction Center, where he was initially charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

A preliminary autopsy showed that Holly died as the result of complications from stabbing, said Lt. Erick Bohannon. 

A motive for the stabbing remains under investigation.

The victim’s father, Chip Combs, said his daughter and Stewart left for Amarillo on Friday to visit a friend. 

“My wife saw them at six,” Combs said. “She didn’t tell us anything about going to Amarillo.”

Holly, who graduated from Frenship High School, was “so full of life,” said her father. 

“She didn’t want anybody just sitting around,” he said. “She wanted people having fun.”

Combs said that she never took Stewart’s last name. The couple had been married for only two months. 

He said there had been some incidents of abuse since the couple married. 

“She was a very special girl,” Combs said. “We’ve got to get some attention to abuse.”

A memorial can be found on Facebook for Holly Combs.

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