By Eunette Gentry
Local woman, Antoinette Nash, was arrested on June 22, 2018 and charged with “Attempted Murder” and “Battery” after a violent domestic dispute with her female roommate. However, Nash will not be making an appearance in Justice Court this week – as previously scheduled; because, the defendant had her “Preliminary Hearing” in that lower court, “Vacated” – after it was scheduled for Thursday, July 26th. Police say Nash was taken into custody after stabbing one of her two roommates at their home. Both roommates, and Nash, told police that: “all three individuals were arguing”, and “Nash had been drinking all day”. Then, the victim says: “Nash slapped her in the face, [and] pushed her in the face.” The female victim then told police: “she pushed Nash, and Nash fell to the ground…got up, ran in the kitchen…grabbed two knives…[then] stated “I’m gunna kill that b- - - -.” That’s when the victim says “Nash…pushed her up against the wall near [their] front door and ‘slit her throat’”. The victim “ran into her bedroom” after being “grabbed…by the arm” and helped by their other roommate – who “locked them inside” the room. That third roommate then “called 911”. The victim was transported to “Desert View Hospital” – where “she received 10 stitches for her neck injury.” Police say “Nash appeared extremely intoxicated” and “complained of chest pains”; so, she was also transported to “Desert View Hospital” – but not before being arrested! Upon arrival at the hospital, “Nash became combative with hospital staff and [a ‘Deputy’ on scene].” During investigation, “Nash stated that she was involved in a ‘tussle’ with [the victim]” but “she did not know how [the victim’s] neck got cut.” Police found a “knife…in the street approximately 150 yards from the residence”; and, “bandages that appeared to have blood on them in the street approximately 130 yards from the residence.” “Nash was released from Desert View hospital and transported to NCDC”. During Nash’s “First Appearance” in court for this matter, on June 25th, her “bail [was] set at $60,000 cash or bond”; and, she was appointed Attorney David Rickert as her “Public Defender”. Then, during Nash’s “Formal Arraignment”, on July 2nd: the defendant stated “she understood the nature of the…charges against her and procedures. [Then, Nash’s replacement ‘Defense Attorney’, Daniel] Martinez, argued…for an O.R. Release, or in the alternative, a reduction in bail. The court denied the defense's motions and advised the bail amount [remains] at $60,000 and due to the nature of the charges that is a fair bail amount. Attorney Martinez requested a Preliminary Hearing and a Pre-Trial date. The State concurred. The court set [Nash’s] Pre-Trial Hearing for July 12th…and Preliminary Hearing for July 26th”. However, both of those court dates were “Waived” and “Vacated” – respectively. Nash “was remanded into the custody of…NCDC” after her last court proceeding.