Woman Identifies Freeman As Man Who Stabbed And Severely Injured Her

Thursday, December 05, 2013 - by Hollie Webb

A woman testified Thursday that a man she had met only the previous day attacked her with a knife and severely injured her in March 2012.

Michael Orlando Freeman, who is charged with attempted murder and attempted rape, is standing trial in Judge Rebecca Stern's courtroom. 

Freeman is accused of entering the home of Tammy Green at Country Hearth Inn & Suites, dragging her into the bathroom, and stabbing her multiple times with a large knife. 

In his opening statement, prosecutor Matthew Rogers said Freeman wanted to rape her then kill her, but Ms. Green fought back and managed to escape. 

Ms. Green testified that before the attack, she had only seen Freeman once, and that was the day before at a gas station. She said that he had been there with his girlfriend but that he had made advances toward her and followed her around. That night, she said she received two phone calls from an unknown number. She said the caller told her his name was Mike and that he had seen her at the store. She said that this scared her and that she did not know how he found her phone number. Ms. Green said the attack happened the next day.  

She testified that Freeman walked in, grabbed her hair from behind, and then cut her neck with the knife. She said he forced her into the bathroom and then started hitting her head and stabbing her while he told her he was going to kill her. She said she tried to grab the knife to stop the attack but that her hands were severely injured in the process. She told the jury that her thumbs had to be reattached and that she still is not able to bend her hands.


When she was shown the knife recovered by police, she started to cry. Pictures of the injuries were also shown; Ms. Green told the court that she did not want to look at them. 


During the attack, her two-year-old daughter was in the apartment as well. She said she begged Freeman to let her kiss her baby goodbye if he was going to kill her. She said he asked if she would let him finish afterward, and she told him yes. She then ran and grabbed her daughter, managing to escape.  

Her mother, Rachel Green, was living one floor above her daughter at the time of the attack, and also testified as a witness. She said that she had left her daughter's apartment for a short time to walk upstairs and get a cigarette. However, she said when she returned, the door to Tammy's apartment was locked. Her mother said she knocked repeatedly and tried to get in. She said a short time later, a man ran out.  

She told the jury that she chased him, but he got away. However, in the pursuit, the man dropped the knife. When asked to identify the man, Rachel Green pointed at Freeman. 

Freeman, a former Pilgrim's Pride employee, has plead not guilty. However, Prosecutor Rogers said that in the days immediately following the attack, Freeman did not show up to work or call in and was subsequently fired. Another Pilgrim's Pride employee, Miguel Vargas, testified on Thursday and verified this.  

Defense Attorney Mike Acuff pointed out that there were many things that both Tammy and Rachel Green could not remember. He said that there were no fingerprints or DNA evidence found at the crime scene that belonged to Freeman. There was also no blood found on the inside of the door


He suggested that Tammy Green had called Freeman to buy marijuana; she denied this. Attorney Acuff also said Ms. Green gave different dates regarding the phone calls in her original statement; she said this statement was given while she was being heavily medicated because of her injuries.   

The trial will continue Friday morning. 


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