The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

July 12, 2014

Woman connected to doctor attack charged with 3 felonies

Boyfriend who allegedly beat physician waives preliminary hearing

BECKLEY — The woman who accused a Beckley doctor of sexually assaulting her, resulting in that doctor being beaten by her boyfriend, has been arrested on three felony charges, Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristin Keller announced in Magistrate Court on Friday.

Kimberly Dawn Adkins is charged with being an accessory before the fact, felony conspiracy and providing false information to law enforcement officers. Also known as Kimberly Dawn Persinger, Adkins is 31.  

Adkins is being held on $100,000 bond.

Her boyfriend, Alvin Ray Williams, entered the offices of Dr. Michael Webb late last week and attacked the doctor, later telling police that he did so because Webb, an OB/GYN at AccessHealth on Carriage Drive, had sexually assaulted Adkins. Webb was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center for treatment of facial fractures after the attack.

Williams is charged with malicious wounding.

Keller said in court Friday that a thorough investigation had not uncovered any wrongdoing by Webb in his medical practice and Adkins had changed her story to police. Webb was never charged with a crime as a result of Adkins’ alleged accusation, which law enforcement officers at the time dismissed as not credible.

Williams, 31, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday, but his attorney, Chris Lefler, did ask Magistrate Steve Massie to reduce his $100,000 bond. Lefler said the six-figure amount was cumbersome to Williams’ family, and that his client, a truck driver, is not a flight risk. Lefler also mentioned Adkins’ accusations, which are believed to have prompted the attack.

“There are extenuating circumstances surrounding this attack and what led up to it,” Lefler said.

Keller opposed the motion, noting Adkins’ claim against the doctor was “fake.”

“She lied,” Keller said. The prosecutor said Adkins’ story set in motion what could have been a “homicidal attack on a completely innocent man.”

Massie was not inclined to take responsibility for Williams, in spite of “extenuating circumstances.”

Not only did the magistrate deny the motion to lower Williams’ bond, Massie said he would take the opposite action if he could, and raise the amount.

“Whatever the reason is irrelevant,” Massie said. “He still did it.”

Lefler will again attempt to have Williams’ bond lowered Aug. 11 in front of Judge Robert Burnside.

Webb, surrounded by family and friends, was in court Friday, but declined to comment on the case.

— E-mail: ppritt@register-herald.com

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