Kirksville woman hacked with ax improving in hospital

(Photo: Adair County Sheriff's Office)

KTVO has now learned the victim's name and a condition update for the woman badly injured during an an ax attack in Kirksville late Friday night.

As of mid-afternoon on Monday, a hospital spokesman told us Jacquie Bakonga of Kirksville was listed in fair condition at University Hospital in Columbia.

That after being hacked multiple times with an ax at her residence in the 200 block of East Scott Street.

Kirksville police said the woman's husband, Alidor Masingo, 35, of Kirksville, is behind the bloody attack that happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Detective Nathan Selby told KTVO Monday afternoon that Bakonga was struck with an ax in the upper part of her body.

He said she has undergone a few procedures since Friday's attack, and he will be interviewing her as soon as she is up to it.

Masingo is charged with First-Degree Domestic Assault.

He is being held at the Adair County Detention Center on $150,000 cash-only bond.

Two Truman State University students, who are neighbors to the couple, are credited with taking the ax away from Masingo and holding him on the ground until police arrived a few minutes later.

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