EL PASO, Texas (WAVY) — The man accused of attacking and stabbing a pregnant woman in her own home has received a different charge in the case against him.
Police said Corey Moss stabbed Rachel Poole in the face and stomach inside her El Paso home last year. Rachel’s husband, Justin, serves in the Army and witnessed the attack during a FaceTime call. Justin Poole is a native of Williamsburg. Rachel Poole lived in the area for 13 years before she and Justin relocated to El Paso in May 2013.
Moss was arrested soon after the October attack. He was originally charged with attempted murder. When the Pooles were in court on Thursday, they found out Moss’ charge was changed to burglary with intent to commit a felony.
“I want for it to be honest justice through the court system,” Rachel told WAVY News 10’s Liz Palka via Skype on Friday. “That’s all I want.”
Rachel said she knows what Moss deserves and it’s nothing less than an attempted murder charge.
“Honestly, I’m very confused by this entire situation now,” she said.
Rachel and Justin said they are trying to figure out why Moss’ charge changed at the end of January, according to court documents. Rachel said she has spoken to someone from the El Paso District Attorney’s office in the last day.
“They didn’t want to take the risk of not being able to convict on the original charges,” said Rachel of a conversation she had with the assistant district attorney.
The two charges, of attempted murder and burglary with intent to commit a felony, do carry the same weight. Both are class-one felonies, and Moss could face five to 99 years in prison for either charge.
Rachel Poole spent a month in the hospital after she was stabbed and beaten. The 31-year-old mother will have difficulties and injuries the rest of her life.
“I’m fully blind in my left eye,” said Rachel. “I have spinal cord damage still. My nerve endings that connect to my right side of my body are still sending signals at all times, instead of when you bump your arm or something.”
The Pooles knew the suspect. Moss was also in the Army. Police said he went into the house and waited for Rachel to return home. She started videochatting with Justin and that’s when Moss beat and stabbed her.
“There’s not a single hour that does not go through my life without me remembering or knowing or in someway having to deal with what happened that day,” said Rachel.
Corey Moss is still in jail. He pleaded not guilty to the burglary charge on Thursday.
More than 1,000 signatures support a petition on Change.org for the Governor of Texas to investigate Moss’ downgraded charge.