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May 15, 2013

Trial dates set for stabbing attack

W’burg man indicted for knifing girlfriend; another man indicted for criminal facilitation


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN —

By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Both men facing charges in the stabbing attack of Ashley Warren in February now have trials set in July.

Anthony Potter-Spicer, 30, and Vincent M. Lawson, 59, both of Skyview Drive in Williamsburg, appeared before Judge Dan Ballou in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday.

Potter-Spicer was indicted in March for allegedly knifing his girlfriend, Warren, at least 16 times.

She survived the attack, and he now attempted murder and first-degree assault charges.

Lawson was indicted at the same time for criminal facilitation to murder by allegedly helping Potter-Spicer hide from police.

Potter-Spicer is represented by Attorney Jim Wren. Attorney Cotha Hudson represents Lawson.

According to Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird, Warren tried to end her relationship with Potter-Spicer for some time before she was stabbed.

“The night of the incident, he accused her of having an affair,” Bird said, adding the two were arguing by that point. “He pulled the knife, stating, ‘If he couldn’t have her, no one else would either.’”

Warren ran, but didn’t get far, according to Bird. “He tackled her and began to stab her repeatedly,” Bird said. Warren was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where she was treated and eventually released.

It was learned during the preliminary hearing the bulk of this alleged physical attack happened in front of a neighbor, Betty Bundy, who contacted police. Williamsburg Police Detective Bobby Freeman testified at that hearing Warren received stab wounds to her chest, back, buttocks, throat and hands.

Potter-Spicer resided with Lawson at Lawson’s home on Skyview Drive, according to Freeman, who also testified the defendant was tracked from the scene of the alleged attack toward the Cumberland River. However, Potter-Spicer was actually arrested in the basement of his residence. The police department’s tracking dog located him under a bed and actually bit Potter-Spicer, according to Freeman’s testimony. The knife used in the attack was never recovered.

Potter-Spicer remains jailed at the Whitley County Detention Center. For his charges in Whitley County, he is under a $50,000 cash bond with an ankle bracelet. For other police agencies, he has two cash bonds, one for $163 and the other for $2,503. According to JailTracker, he is also considered a fugitive from another state — and that listing shows no bond for that fugitive warrant.

According to the circuit clerk’s office, Lawson remains free on a $20,000 property bond.