On March 29th, Metro Nashville Police found D’Ante Leo Johnson leaning out of his car, covered in blood in North Nashville. His girlfriend, 23-year-old Deja Nicole McClain, admitted to stabbing him in the head with a large knife after he broke up with her. She also stole his social security card “so he would have to come back”. She is free on a $10,000 bond.
Metro Police were dispatched to 1822 14th Ave North on March 29, to a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, they located D’Ante Johnson leaning out of his car, heavily covered in blood. He explained that he was breaking up with his girlfriend, Deja McClain, when she became upset, assaulted him, and took his Social Security ID card, stating “Now you have to come back!”.
He then walked up to the house, where she followed and the argument continued. Deja’s brother then joined her in assaulting the victim once again. As the brother was assaulting him, Deja entered the residence and returned with a large kitchen knife with a red handle. She told him she was going to stab him while swinging the knife wildly at him, eventually stabbing him in the head, above his right ear. Johnson recalls when he felt the knife enter his head, and felt the blood dripping down his head and face, he pulled his firearm to defend himself from the multiple assailants at that point.
Police interviewed Deja Johnson, who initially told them he body-slammed her and stomped her head, first. When asked about her pain or injuries, she told police “No, I ain’t no wuss like him!”. She eventually changed her story and began to speak freely, admitting that she stabbed him in the head first, and then he pulled the gun on her in self-defense. A witness was on the phone and corroborated the events of the stabbing, and a scream of “she stabbed me, call police!”.
Deja Nicole McClain, 23, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail, charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and posted a $10,000 bond after the required 12-hour domestic violence hold. She is scheduled to appear in court in August.