Daughter of man accused of stabbing ex-wife with sword says he was set up

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DELTONA, Fla. - Deputies arrested Matthew Wilson, 40, Thursday on two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after, they said, he stabbed two people in a Deltona house with a sword.

According to investigators, a caller said the attack happened around 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday when Wilson went to his ex-wife's Elkcam Boulevard house and stabbed her and her boyfriend with a sword.

Wilson was on the run from deputies for nearly six hours, before they arrested him at his family's home.

His daughter, Alexis Wilson, said she thinks what happened was a setup.

Alexis Wilson said her father is being painted as the bad guy even though he's not the only one at fault.

"I feel like she was just using him for drugs and money, and it was just a whole setup. They just ended up jumping my dad and beating him with baseball bats. He was defending himself. He has every right. That's self-defense," Alexis Wilson said.

She said after the incident, her father went to his family's home and told them what happened, and then told his children he loved them.

"Do you think he's a violent person?" asked Channel 9's Janai Norman.

"I mean anyone can be violent. Yeah, he can be violent," Alexis Wilson said.

Alexis Wilson said she doesn't think he's the only one who should be behind bars for what happened.

"They're trying to make it seem like my dad is a bad guy, and it's all his fault, and it's not. It's both. It's my dad and Brandi," she said.

The victims were transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. They are expected to survive, according to investigators.

"It's not something you want to look forward to in your neighborhood, but it is Deltona, so it's something you expect," neighbor Alissa Durham said.

WFTV found out that last month, Wilson was charged with another violent crime.

According to records, Wilson was recently arrested on suspicion of domestic battery. He pleaded not guilty just one day before Volusia County deputies began searching for him.

Records also show that a year and a half ago, Wilson pleaded not guilty to a charge of grand theft with a firearm.