A motion hearing has been scheduled for later this month after a woman previously facing a battery charge and more after reportedly stabbing a Conway resident at 10Box now faces an attempted murder charge.
Latonya Kellem, 39, of Nashville, Tennessee, was charged in mid-October with one felony count of second-degree battery and one misdemeanor count of third-degree batter after she reportedly drove to Arkansas to attack a local woman.
Charges have since been upgraded against the Tennessee woman. Kellem now faces attempted capital murder, first-degree battery and third-degree battery charges following the Oct. 14 incident. After upgrading charges against the 39-year-old out-of-state woman, prosecutors have requested a bond hearing be held later this month to increase Kellem's bond.
Deputy Prosecutor Cortney Kennedy filed a motion stating she believes the $50,000 bond that Kellem previously posted should be increased or that she be required to wear an ankle monitor now that the charges against the Tennessee woman have been amended.
"The increased charge and the addition of a new victim is a change in circumstance which justified requiring an additional bond amount and/or the placement of an ankle monitor," Kennedy wrote, adding that "the current conditions of release are not sufficient to prevent the defendant from approaching a particular class of persons" and that Kellem has admitted "to knowing where the victim lives ... and stated she was going to teach the victim a lesson."
The daughters of the woman Kellem is alleged to have traveled to Arkansas to attack previously told the Log Cabin that the Tennessee woman specifically targeted their mother in "a premeditated attack."
“She drove seven hours about a day and a half ago and has been watching my mom,” one of the daughters said.
The two said the Tennessee woman was upset about her boyfriend leaving her and took her anger out on their mother, noting Kellem had been following their mother throughout the day and “waited for mom to go into the store by herself” before attacking her in the 10Box Cost-Plus parking lot.
Officers who responded to the scene on the day in question learned Kellem parked her vehicle at Conway Glass Tinting Plus Inc. before walking over to the 10Box parking lot as she waited for the alleged victim to leave the store.
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, according to a probable cause affidavit filed against Kellem.
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.”
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.
Kellem, who is represented in this matter by defense attorney Bill James Jr., is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. Dec. 17 for a motion hearing in Faulkner County Circuit Court.