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Albertville woman witnesses to her attacker, prompts him to stop

By Stephen McLamb- bio | email

ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - An Albertville woman is recovering in a hospital after an intruder broke into her home and stabbed her eight times.

Some say how she got away from her alleged attacker, 43-year-old Daniel Mark Gilbreath, is a miracle.

During the attack when Julia Gunter found an intruder in her home she fought back. It wasn't with her hands or fists, but rather with her faith.

"A lot of us talk about living the Christian life and being like Christ. She did it," said Central Baptist Church Pastor Keith Williams.

Williams can't say enough about one of his parishioners who was attacked Saturday night in her own home by her next door neighbor.

"This individual grabbed her by the throat and took a knife and started stabbing her," said Albertville Police Chief Benny Womack.

Police say Gunter was stabbed eight times until she began witnessing to Gilbreath.

"She was telling the individual that she loves him and God loves him," said Chief Womack.

Police say Gilbreath stopped and waited until police arrived.

"We took him into custody he gave no resistance and was apologizing," said Womack.

"It was a miracle of God that that individual did stop. God was at work all in that situation," said Pastor Williams.

Pastor Williams says Gunter joined his church a year ago.

"Every Sunday she is able she's here," said Williams.

Williams says he knew Gunter was a compassionate person, but this surprised him.

Pastor Williams says a lot can be learned from Gunter's experience and says he might be willing to step away from the pulpit for a night when Gunter is well again.

"I'm certainly going to give her an opportunity to tell her story and I want to hear her tell it," said Pastor Williams.

Gilbreath is currently in the Albertville City Jail charged with aggravated assault and first degree burglary.

Family members say Gunter remains in the intensive care unit at Marshall Medical Center.

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