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March 19, 2013

W’burg man indicted for attempted murder


By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Two Williamsburg men facing charges in connection with a woman stabbed at least 16 times were handed separate indictments Monday.

Anthony Edward Potter-Spicer, 30, was handed a two-count indictment by a Whitley County grand jury. The first count indicts him on criminal attempt to commit murder after allegedly slashing his girlfriend, Ashley Warren, during an argument between the two.

The second count indicts Potter-Spicer for first-degree assault.

According to Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird, Warren had been trying to end her relationship with Potter-Spicer “for several weeks.”

“The night of the incident, he accused her of having an affair,” Bird said. “(He) pulled the knife, stating, ‘If he couldn’t have her, no one else would either.’”

That’s when Bird said Warren ran.

“He tackled her and began to stab her repeatedly,” Bird added. “The last stab wound was in the throat, according to the victim.”

During Potter-Spicer’s preliminary hearing, WPD Detective Bobby Freeman testified a neighbor, Betty Bundy, called police after witnessing part of the altercation in the yard in front of the home where Potter-Spicer lived.

While Bundy assisted Warren with her bleeding wounds, Potter-Spicer reportedly ran.

Freeman testified during the preliminary hearing that Potter-Spicer faces resisting arrest charges after leaving the scene.

He added the defendant was tracked by a K-9 unit to an area near the Cumberland River, but was actually arrested in the home where the attack allegedly began on Skyview Drive. “He was hiding in the basement of the house,” Freeman said earlier this month. “The dog found him under the bed and bit him.”

The knife used in the attack was never recovered.

The home where Potter-Spicer lived and was arrested is owned by Vincent M. Lawson, 59.

Lawson was handed his indictment Monday, charging him with criminal facilitation to murder by “aiding and assisting” Potter-Spicer in hiding from police.

Warren was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, but has since been released.

Potter-Spicer remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under a $500,000 cash bond, however, jail records indicate he is also a fugitive from another state.

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