A 32-year-old Sherman man was indicted Wednesday on an attempted murder charge for stabbing his wife back in July. The indictment is a formal charge and not an indication of guilt.

Previously published stories show that Joshua Simmons was arrested by Sherman Police on July 4, after police responded to a home in the 900 block of South Bryant Avenue. There, police found a 37-year-old woman who had several stab wounds to her neck. A statement from the police department said that Joshua Simmons used a pocket knife to stab his wife a number of times. The statement said when Simmons’ mother-in-law attempted to help her daughter, Simmons threw the mother-in-law against the house and turned his attention back to his wife. He then is alleged to have picked up his wife’s head and cut her throat.

Simmons left the scene before police arrived. He was later found hiding in a ditch near the assault scene.

He was taken to jail, though that was not his first time there. Grayson County court records show he pleaded guilty, in 2010, to a charge of assault causing bodily injury — family violence and was sentenced to six years in prison on that charge. Previous reports show that Simmons served his time for that incident and was released.

Court records show Simmons is not currently represented by an attorney on the charge for which he was indicted.