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Good Hope Man Accused of Stabbing Wife to Death Appears in Harrison County Court

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A Harrison County man accused of stabbing his wife to death was in Harrison County circuit court Monday morning.

Magistrate Mark Gorby found probable cause to send the case to Harrison County Circuit Court.

Terry Messenger, 61, is accused of stabbing his wife, Ida "Dolly" Messenger, 58, to death in her Good Hope home on Nov. 3.

The only witness questioned was the Harrison County Sheriff's Deputy who investigated the case. He said that Dolly bad a restraining order against Terry, which was effective through December, and she had told friends that Terry had threatened to kill her if she left him.

The deputy said Dolly's ex husband found her dead in her home after Terry allegedly stabbed her.

The deputy went to Terry's home, also in the Good Hope area, and said Terry had blood on his hands and wrist. Terry showed the deputy a note that Dolly had left him, saying that she was leaving him.

The deputy asked Terry repeatedly if he stabbed Dolly, he shook his head indicating 'yes', but did not respond verbally.

Investigators said the medical examiner in Charleston identified 14 stab wounds to Dolly's chest. Twelve of the wounds were major, including punctures to her aorta, pulmonary artery and both of her lungs.

Investigators said Dolly and Terry had been married for "a few months".

Terry Messenger will be indicted in the next term of the Harrison County grand jury.