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March 6, 2014

Two women charged in Wednesday's stabbing

Beckley Police arrested two local women Thursday morning for the Wednesday stabbing of a Grant Street woman.

Layla Jane Hill, 29, of South Fayette Street, was charged with attempted first degree murder, malicious wounding and conspiracy to commit a felony after confessing to stabbing the victim twice in the back with a steak knife, Cpl. Frank Priddy said.

Brandi Caldwell, 28, of Missouri Avenue, is charged with malicious wounding and conspiracy to commit a felony after confessing to giving the kitchen knife to Hill, he added.

Hill and Caldwell had not yet been arraigned Thursday morning.

Priddy said the incident started around 3 a.m. at 102 Grant St., when the unidentified victim and her boyfriend began arguing loudly on the front porch, then walked to the street and continued the loud argument.

Hill and Caldwell were in Hill’s nearby South Fayette Street apartment when they became aware of the argument.

“Ms. Caldwell gives a kitchen steak knife to Ms. Hill, and Ms. Hill then stabs the victim in the back twice,” said Priddy. “I don’t know what her thinking was, in regards to this.”

After the stabbing, Priddy said, Hill and Caldwell fled in a vehicle and disposed of the weapon.

Priddy said the victim attributed the stabbing to an issue regarding her boyfriend, but Hill gave “three or four” versions of the motive.

It was unclear whether alcohol or substance abuse were contributing factors to the incident, Priddy reported.

Both Hill and Caldwell admitted to their roles in the stabbing, he added.

“(It was) bad judgment and just letting her temper get the best of her,” said Priddy.

The victim sustained a punctured lung and remains in the intensive care unit at Raleigh General Hospital, said Priddy.

She is expected to survive, Priddy said, but it is unknown if there would be long-term damage caused by the wound.

— E-mail: jfarrish@register-herald.com

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