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KFOX14 Exclusive: Firsthand look at home where pregnant military wife was attacked
By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas A Fort Bliss soldier takes KFOX14 into his home where his then-pregnant wife was brutally attacked and stabbed, allegedly by another Fort Bliss soldier.
Justin Poole said it was his second time setting foot in the home since the attack happened last week.
As KFOX14 previously reported, a 19-year-old soldier is accused of breaking into the home and attacking Rachel Poole, who was video chatting with her deployed husband.
Poole gave KFOX14 reporter Bill Melugin an exclusive tour of the home and a first-hand look at where the attack happened.
Everything in the house was left the way it was when Rachel was attacked.
Poole showed off the bedroom where he planned on resting with his family when he returned from his deployment. Isabella's room was covered in pink, had a closet full of clothes and a crib she has yet to sleep in.
But when Poole got to the kitchen, where the attack happened, he began to break down.
"Over to the kitchen, this is where everything happened. This is my first time in the kitchen, actually, so -- I'm sorry. I don't know how to express my feelings when it comes to this," Poole said. "I saw blood from the refrigerator all the way to the back door where she tried to get away, when she was dragging herself, and I knew right then and there if I didn't calm down, I was going to lose it."
Poole pointed out how the tables and counter top edges made the kitchen a death trap for somebody fighting for their life.
"The thing that amazes me is, Rachel rolled over onto her stomach, she rolled over to protect the baby, it wasn't to stop the beating, it was to protect the baby," he said.
When asked if he saw Rachel as a hero, he couldn't hold back his emotions.
"Yeah, she did what most people wouldn't, so, yeah," Poole said, as his eyes filled with tears.
Poole showed KFOX14 where he believes his wife's attacker hid and waited for her to come home, in between the door to the back yard and the door to the garage.
Justin said the couple cannot see themselves living in their home again, and since their newborn daughter was released from the hospital, they haven't stayed at their home.
"We felt safe here, and now I know that, whenever I look at my wife's face, all the damage that's done to her, and her not being able to see out of one eye, she can't even protect herself. If I'm not here every single moment, I feel like I can't protect her and I let her down that night. No, I cannot see myself living in this house," Poole said.
For now, Fort Bliss has offered the Poole family housing in the barracks, and the clinic Rachel is being moved to has extra space for Justin to sleep in.
Poole told KFOX14 Rachel is allowed to stay in that clinic for a maximum of 20 days. He says she was stabbed more than 15 times, and as a result of that, still cannot see out of one eye, cannot stand up and still has staples in her stomach.
"We don't ask for anything, we believe it's going to be provided one way or the other through God and Christ, the community has really stepped up," Poole said. "Having a place to live would be the greatest gift right now."
Poole confirmed to KFOX14 that the suspect, Corey Moss, owed more than $3,000 to Rachel for vehicle repairs, due to her the day after the attack, but said that if Moss had never paid the money back, he would have let it go.
Moss's attorney told KFOX14 he is requesting a psychological evaluation for his client, who is still locked up in the county jail on a charge of attempted capital murder.
Moss's bond is still set at $150,000.