A Tennessee woman accused of driving to Conway and attacking a local woman with a knife and a hammer outside of 10Box Cost-Plus last month has pleaded not guilty to the allegations against her.
Latonya Kellem, 39, of Nashville, Tennessee faces one count of second-degree battery, a Class D felony, and one misdemeanor count of third-degree battery following an October stabbing.
Bill James, who represents the Tennessee woman, filed a waiver of arraignment Friday on Kellem's behalf.
"I waive formal arraignment and request that the Court enter my plea of not guilty to the charges against me," the waiver filed in Faulkner County Circuit Court reads.
Kellem is currently free on a $50,000 bond. The Tennessee woman was scheduled to appear in circuit court Monday morning. Following the waiver filed by James, a pretrial hearing regarding the case against her will likely be set by a circuit judge on Monday.
Officers who responded to the scene Oct. 14 learned Kellem parked her vehicle at Conway Glass Tinting Inc. before walking over to the 10Box parking lot as she waited for the victim to leave the store, according to the felony information filed against the 39-year-old.
Those who witnessed the incident said they saw the suspect pacing in the parking lot prior to the attack but "did not pay much attention to her" until they saw her chase after the victim.
Two men — Tony Mcanally, who was sitting out in his truck, and Jimmy Dodson, a local cab driver — “ran through the small crowd of people, who were filming [the attack] instead of helping,” and got the knife away from Kellem after she reportedly began attacking the victim with a hammer and a knife, according to reports.
The victim suffered several lacerations and was “bleeding profusely” following the attack.
One of the responding Conway Police Department officers drove the victim to a nearby hospital after she said she was “feeling light headed and very dizzy.”
“Upon my arrival, I observed a black female [the victim] standing up, covered in blood. [The woman] was bleeding profusely, dripping blood from her onto the ground,” officer Jim Pfrenger wrote in his report. “Sergeant [Andrew] Burningham requested me to place [the woman] in the back of my vehicle due to her bleeding. While [the woman] was in the back of my vehicle, she requested to be taken to Conway Regional hospital. ... Due to how bad [the victim] was bleeding in the back of my vehicle, the ambulance not on scene, and due to not hearing any sirens, I informed dispatch I was responding code three [with lights and sirens] to take [the woman] to the hospital.”
The victim’s daughters said their mother has since been released from the hospital but is still in pain following the incident.
According to the affidavit filed against Kellem, she admitted to police that she argued over the phone with the victim over her ex-boyfriend leaving her, left the casino she was at in Memphis and drove to the victim’s Conway home, argued with the victim in front of her residence and then followed her to 10Box.