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Charge upgraded to attempted murder in Hope stabbing

By Stephen Betts | Jul 27, 2020
Photo by: Knox County Jail Jessica Lermond

HOPE — A 33-year-old woman arrested July 24 in connection to a stabbing in Hope has now been charged with attempted murder.

Jessica L. Lermond, whose address has been listed as both Rockport and Augusta, made her initial appearance Monday, July 27, in the Knox County court on a charge of attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and violation of a condition of release.

The first two charges are Class A offenses that carry a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Judge Paul Mathews set bail at $50,000 cash. Assistant District Attorney Lynn Madison requested bail of $100,000, citing the public safety risk.

According to an affidavit filed in the Knox County court by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the male victim told police that he drove to a residence on Smith Drive in Hope to drop someone off when Lermond arrived at the same residence. The man said Lermond came over to his vehicle, reached in through the driver's side window and stabbed him in the neck, according to the affidavit.

The victim told police he tried to drive away but she used her vehicle to slam into his car. He got out and had a physical altercation with Lermond and managed to get the knife away from her before he ran to a neighboring home for help, according to the affidavit.

The man who was dropped off said he was told that Lermond came to the home earlier in the day looking for the victim, saying she wanted to kill him.

The victim suffered stab wounds to the neck and chest. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The police affidavit states that when Lermond was being taken to jail, she asked if the victim was going to survive and said she hoped he would die.

She made claims against the man, saying she was the victim. Prosecutor Madison challenged that claim during Monday's hearing, saying there was no evidence of her allegation.

Lermond was free on bail at the time of the stabbing. Charges pending against her for prior incidents include drug possession, assault, disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to bail. The state will be seeking to revoke her bail on those charges.

Attorney Jeremy Pratt has been assigned to represent her.

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