Dallas Smith made two key errors in judgment on the September night in which she allegedly stabbed a fellow partygoer. First, she overestimated her ability to perform a gymnastic maneuver. Then she took extraordinary offense to the kind of "insult" that wouldn't even make a second-grader blink.
The 18-year-old Smith was watching movies with friends at a house in Monroe when she started boasting about her ability to do backflips. It's unclear why the young teen chose this, of all times, to start bragging. But know this: there was booze involved and the house in question is the same house where her ex-boyfriend lives.
Smith's bluff was called by a 19-year-old man who challenged her to jump off of the back porch. When she wasn't able to perform under pressure, the man teased that her feet -- now sock-free in preparation of the jump -- were "smelly."
Smith and the man started to playfully wrestle. She rubbed her socks in his face. He pushed her away. Everything was normal until Smith plunged a large steak knife into his back and then fled.
Smith is very obviously new at this being-a-criminal thing. She has no history of violence and, after her arrest, told a detective that she was planning on going away to Australia for a couple months on Sunday, a casual pronouncement that very briefly earned her a $250,000 warrant.
The teen is now facing charges of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. Her victim, meanwhile, is expected to recover, though the knife did go deep enough to puncture a lung.