McCamey Man Arrested for Stabbing Common-Law Wife

MCCAMEY - A McCamey man is behind bars in Nolan County for trying to kill his common-law wife.

51-year-old Dean Allen Payne was arrested at a road-side park near Sweetwater around 10:30 Monday morning.

The Upton County Sheriff's Office says Payne stabbed 43-year-old Melissa Valles multiple times around 8:30 Sunday evening at their home in the 200 block of 1st Street.

Payne has been charged with Attempted Murder. He is in the Nolan County Jail. His bond is set at $100,000.

Valles is listed in stable condition at an Odessa hospital. The stabbing appears to be the result of a domestic dispute.