August 9, 2018 is a day Joshua and Alicia Butler wish they could forget.
Unfortunately, everyday is another reminder of what was taken from them.
They say James Tabb, a business partner at the time, wasn’t holding up his end of the deal.
“We had hired him to build a shop,” Alicia said.
The Butlers say Tabb stopped answering their calls.
After four months, they weren’t seeing a return on their investment of
nearly $12,000 and asked for a refund.
Alicia says she was skeptical from that point on.
“I knew he didn’t have it to give back,” she said.
“I gave him the benefit of the doubt,” Josh said.
They say Tabb agreed to give the money back and he was supposed to bring it to their mail box.
Just before 6:00am that morning Josh went to go check.
“Coming off the asphalt into the ditch I heard something,” he said.
Right after that he says he was hit from behind with an object.
That’s the last thing he remembers before being checked into the hospital at LSU Shreveport.
Meanwhile his wife says another man walked into their house demanding cash.
That man, Terrance Miles, is now accused of raping her.
By the time she was able to get police on the scene, they found Josh laying in a ditch by the mailbox.
“Oh this is just Josh he’ll just sit up and he’ll be fine he’ll be ok,” she said.
However, Josh wasn’t ok.
Doctors told them he had been stabbed at least 24 times.
Tabb and Miles were both arrested.
Tabb is being charged with attempted murder and Miles is being charged as an accessory for Josh’s injuries.
“The amount of blood that I lost I shouldn’t have survived,” he said.
After five surgeries, Josh lost vision in both eyes.
A burden that’s been tough to bear.
“What can I do,” Josh said.
“There’s only so much I can do without seeing; I feel like I’m more of a weight than I am a help.”
Josh, an army vet, who was once known for working with his hands is forced to depend on his wife to help him take his every step.
Meanwhile they are raising their three-year-old son, William, who was sleeping in the house at the time of the attack.
“I have a permanently disabled husband now you know his world’s been turned upside down,” Alicia said.
To make matters worse, they are facing half a million dollars in medical bills.
“I don’t know how much longer we’re going to have this house or our vehicles or anything,” she said.
Now they’re asking surrounding communities to help in any way they can as they continue to heal from the wounds that have cut them so deeply.
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