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Woman critical after early Sunday stabbing

UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2013, 4:07 p.m.

A woman suffered life-threatening stab wounds Sunday morning during a dispute with another woman outside a West Central four-plex in what a friend described as a love triangle.

Spokane Police reported that the victim and her husband responded to another apartment in the four-plex at 2010 N. Lincoln St. to complain about music at a party.

But Christopher Williams, 30, said the music had nothing to do with the dispute between a woman police identified as Shanda F. White and the victim.

Williams said the stabbing occurred after the victim, whom he identified as Crystal Holestine, argued with White. White had a relationship with Crystal Holestine’s estranged husband, Shane Holestine.

“Crystal still loves her husband and was doing what she could to show him,” said Williams, who also lives in the four-plex and has been friends with both Holestines for more than a year.

White began yelling at about 3 a.m., Williams said, and at one point he overheard her say that she wasn’t afraid to stab somebody.

“Crystal tried to get (White) to leave. She was way out of control,” Williams said of the White. “Crystal was trying to talk to Shane.”

Police spokeswoman Monique Cotton said Crystal Holestine apparently said something that upset Shanda White.

“She pulled out a knife and stabs (Holestine) in the neck and the abdomen,” Cotton said.

Just before 6 a.m., Williams said he heard the argument end. He looked out his front window to see Shane Holestine standing over his wife, who appeared to be bleeding.

“She was saying that she was dying, that she loved Shane and loved” their son, Williams said. “I was the one who called dispatch.”

When officers arrived, Shane Holestine told them that an unknown woman stabbed his wife and fled on foot.

But officers went door-to-door talking to witnesses and eventually learned that Holestine had hidden Shanda White in one of the four-plex apartments, Cotton said.

As a result, Holestine was charged with rendering criminal assistance, and police arrested White on the charge of first-degree assault.

Holestine appeared in court today and prosecutors asked for a $25,000 bond. But Superior Court Judge James Triplet released Holestine — who has no previous criminal record — on his own recognizance.

“I’m still in shock about it,” Williams said. “It’s one my good friends who was lying there. I’m worried about her. I don’t want her son to be without a mom.”

Staff writer Jennifer Pignolet contributed to this report.