A Kanawha County grand jury has indicted a Dunbar woman accused of stabbing another woman and sexually abusing her while she lay dying.
Courtney Wallace, 21, is charged with one count each of first-degree murder and first-degree sexual abuse in the death of Cheri Simpson, according to a news release from Kanawha Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Miller.
Wallace is set to be arraigned before Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey at 9:30 a.m. July 24.
Wallace has been incarcerated at South Central Regional Jail with no bond since St. Albans police officers arrested her on Jan. 17.
St. Albans police were dispatched on Jan. 17 to a home in the 2700 block of Furlong Avenue to investigate a reported stabbing. When they arrived they found Wallace standing in a hall inside the home wearing only a sports bra and covered in blood, according to the complaint.
Wallace initially tried to get away from officers, kicking at them, the complaint said, but they were able to gain control of her. It was then they saw Simpson lying on the floor, not breathing.
The victim’s daughter told officers Wallace left a bedroom with a kitchen knife and stabbed Simpson multiple times, the complaint said. The victim’s daughter said Wallace then climbed on top of Simpson and sexually abused the woman’s unresponsive body.
Simpson’s daughter told police Wallace then urinated beside her mother’s body, according to the complaint.
Paramedics performed CPR on Simpson, who had stab wounds in the front and rear of her torso, and took her to Thomas Memorial Hospital where she died.
If convicted, Wallace faces up to life in prison for murder and between one and five years in prison and $10,000 in fines for first-degree sexual assault.