Woman charged with attempted murder in campground stabbing
ELBOW LAKE, Minn. -- A Maynard woman is charged with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend 13 times while they were camping Saturday on Pomme de Terre Lake near Elbow Lake.
Carly Ann Lacey, 31, was in custody Wednesday with bail set at $500,000 unconditional and $250,000 with conditions, according to information from Grant County Sheriff Dwight Walvatne and County Attorney Justin Anderson.
Lacey made her first court appearance Tuesday in District Court in Elbow Lake.
Her boyfriend, Keith Peterson, 36, of Maynard, was reported in stable condition at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, where he underwent surgery for the wounds. He was stabbed in the neck, back, arm and abdomen, according to the criminal complaint.
The two were camping in a relatively remote tent site at the Tipsinah Mounds Campground when the incident occurred just before 1 a.m. Saturday. According to the complaint, the two had been drinking heavily and got into an argument. Peterson told officers that Lacey started swinging at him and he fell on top of her and discovered he was bleeding.
He got away from her but she continued to pursue him as he swatted his arms.
He suffered 13 stab sounds, including a nearly 2-inch-long cut to his neck close to his carotid artery.
Walvatne credited a nurse and four of her fellow campers with likely saving Peterson’s life by coming to his aid after hearing his calls for help. Lacey and Peterson were in a campsite away from most other campers, but the five people heard his calls and decided to go to his aid as a group, the sheriff said.
Peterson was bleeding profusely, and the nurse and her fellow rescuers took action to slow the bleeding until emergency personnel could arrive.
Officers responding to the scene found Lacey in the woods near the site and took her into custody. Investigators also collected as evidence a flat, black knife found in the glove compartment of a pickup truck at the site registered to Lacey.
Peterson told authorities he had tried to call 911 for help, but that Lacey had knocked the phone from him. He started screaming and Lacey fled into the woods, the complaint states. He found his phone and called 911.
Lacey had a blood-alcohol level of 0.264 percent shortly after her arrest, according to court documents, more than three times the limit for drunken driving.