Man Accused of DeFuniak Springs Stabbing Now in Police Custody


The man wanted by authorities in the Wednesday DeFuniak Springs stabbing has turned himself in.

Ronnie Lamont Phillips, 47, walked into the lobby of the Walton County Sheriff's Office and advised a Deputy that he wanted to turn himself in at approximately 10:25 a.m. on Friday, June 14.

Phillips is being charged with premeditated attempted felony murder and burglary of an occupied dwelling while armed.
The investigation continues.

On June 12, at approximately 3:47 p.m. officers from the DeFuniak Springs Police responded to Davis Lane in reference to a 9-1-1 call of a person being stabbed.

Officers from the DeFuniak Springs Police arrived on scene within minutes to find the victim Melissa Hobdy suffering from multiple cuts and stab wounds. DeFuniak Springs Fire Department and Walton County Fire and Rescue arrived on scene shortly afterwards to assist. Hobdy received medical attention on scene and was airlifted by helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola Florida for further assessment.

Ronnie Lamont Phillips was identified as the perpetrator. He allegedly fled the scene prior to the officers arriving. Warrants have been signed for the arrest of Phillips for premeditated attempted felony murder and burglary of an occupied dwelling while armed.


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